Hottest 100 Ever? Or A Mens Club That Prefers US Acts Over Locals?

10 June 2013 | 2:21 pm | Staff Writer

And three French songs made the cut... can you guess who they are by?

The results are in and the 20 year anniversary Hottest 100 reveals that triple j listeners believe Wonderwall by Brit lad-rockers Oasis is the top tune of the past two decades.

The station's Music Director Richard Kingsmill says the 1995 anthem represents "an exciting time in triple j's history". He added, "It comes on the radio and you can't help but sing-a-long. And if you can't hit the notes, it's okay, it's a wonderfully forgiving song to be off key in."

A triple j press release announcing the results states that Wonderwall is one of 25 UK entries in the 100, Ausies fared a little better with 29 entries but American entries tallied up to a mighty 41. The top local cut was The Nosebleed Section by Hilltop Hoods, at four, while the top American song was Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes, at number two.

While triple j broke the listener-voted stats down geographically and by decade (an almost even split between the '90s and '00s), they also pointed out that eight songs are about politics, five bands feature siblings and six song titles namecheck animals. There were no gender statistics supplied on the statement.

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In the top ten, women are represented only by The White Stripes - the duo, of course, featuring Meg White on drums - and Kimbra, as a featured guest on Gotye's Somebody That I Used To Know, at nine. The highest charting female fronted band is The Cranberries, at 33 with Zombie. To find female solo artists, look to the bottom of the chart: Paper Planes by MIA at 97 and Video Games by Lana Del Rey at 99.

Of the local acts in the list, Silverchair fared best with three entries, followed by Gotye, Jebediah and Powderfinger with two entries each.

And there were three songs from France... all by Daft Punk.

Triple j also revealed that 25 year-olds submitted the most votes of any age group.

Read the full list of songs in the Hottest 100 here.

 [This article was amended at 2.47pm, the spelling of Lana Del Rey's name was corrected.]