Big Shaq Is Gunning For A Spot In This Year's Hottest 100 - Here's Why He Should Get It

13 December 2017 | 2:33 pm | Velvet Winter

Comedy has a long, rich tradition in our nation's most prestigious countdown.

Voting for this year’s Hottest 100 opened yesterday and the thing that’s sticking in people’s craw so far is the inclusion of fictional road rapper Big Shaq’s ironic track Man's Not Hot to the list. So we thought we'd take a look back at all the comedy tracks that have weaselled their way into the countdown and paved the way for Shaq's masterpiece.

Dennis Leary - Asshole

Year – 1993
Charted at - #1

Proving that we are truly a nation of larrikins, the American comedian took out the top spot on the very first year triple j switched to an annual format. Taken from his 1993 album No Cure For Cancer, the song made the biggest mark in Australia, reaching only #26 on the US charts. It all but cemented our love, as a nation, for tongue-in-cheek anthems.

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Pauline Pantsdown – Backdoor Man & I Don’t Like It

Year – 1997 & 1998
Charted at  – #5 & #58

Pauline Pantsdown, aka satirist Simon Hunt, became an Australian hero following the release of his 1997 track Backdoor Man, which sampled then fresh on the scene pollie, Pauline Hanson. After being slammed by Hanson, Hunt hit back the following year with the now-iconic I Don’t Like It. In addition to making it into the countdown, I Don't Like It also charted at #10 on the ARIA charts and was nominated for Best Comedy Release at the 1999 ARIA Awards.

Chef (South Park)  – Simultaneous

Year – 1998
Charted at - #20

1998 was a great year for comedy music with this South Park classic about – ahem - free love, making its way into the top 20. While it appears that no other country caught onto this track as much as we did, Chef’s other 1998 single Chocolate Salty Balls made it to the top of the record charts in both Ireland and the UK.

Flight of The Conchords - Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros, The Most Beautiful Girl (In the Room), Business Time, Too Many Dicks (On the Dance Floor), Hurt Feelings, Carol Brown

Years – 2008 & 2009
Charted at - #67, #60, #19, #86, #30, #24

Towards the end of the 2000s Australia couldn’t get enough of the New Zealand duo, which is why it’s no surprise that they’ve had a whopping six of their comedy songs creep into the Hottest 100 countdown. In the 2009 edition, they were beaten only by Muse and Florence & The Machine for more entries in the list with the UK acts scoring four apiece.

The Vaughans - Who Farted?

Year – 1995
Charted at – #54

Yeah, even we can’t defend this travesty; the most we can say is that it was a triumph for recorded fart sounds the world over. If you’re wondering what the band is up to nowadays you can check out their triple j Unearthed page which contains a song entitled Harmorrhoid and a link to their official MySpace page.