As a budding young investment banker, I love stats. And lists. So naturally I always love these Hottest 100 count-downs, mainly because it allows you to judge between songs. Everyone’s individual music taste is different, but by using these count-downs, you’re able to prove that you have a better music taste.
This week has Triple J has been counting down the Hottest 100 Australian Albums of All Time and despite still having 7 albums to go at the time of writing, there has been huge outrage over the placing of some of the albums, and the dominance of albums from the last 5 years. For example, Washington’s I Believe You Liar came in at #51. I know we give Megan a bit of a bad rap here, but the people of Australia decided that this album was better than; Cold Chisel, two Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ albums, The Go-Betweens, Highway to Hell, and Skyhooks. Which is a joke.
But there is a reason for this. The accessibility of music these days means people will be much more focused on the hits of a band. Even I as a music fan am sometimes guilty of this. So when you consider classic Australian music, people remember songs and not albums. Everyone knows Khe Sanh, Never Tear Us Apart, Working Class Man, and Long Way To The Top, but a
large majority of people would not know the albums, unless they had grown up with them. So when it comes to voting, they’ll focus on the familiar.
It is a little disappointing, but it was predictable at the start of the count-down. It would have made more sense for Triple J to have started with a Hottest Australian Songs of All Time Countdown, which I believe would have led to a better spread of results. But I guess anyone can say this in hindsight.
I thoroughly look forward to the climax of the count-down. For those playing at home, I think the next seven will be;
Silverchair – Frogstomp
Powderfinger – Odyssey Number 5
Powderfinger – Internationalist
Presets – Apocalypso
INXS – Kick
ACDC – Back in Black
The Living End – The Living End
But we’ll wait and see 🙂