I didn’t vote in JJJ’s hottest 100 of all time (here’s the list). I love the Js, but I haven’t listened to anything other than local ABC radio for months (except to listen to a little bit of the Hottest 100 of All Time).
It looks like the vote was crashed by a bunch of old time rockers with a penchant for Michael Jackson. There are hardly any songs from the last few years, which is pretty awesome.
If I had voted (and you get to vote for ten songs):
- I would have voted for one song per band
- I would have given greater weighting to songs from great albums or from bands producing consistently good music rather than one hit wonders.
- I would have rewarded bands who I appreciated in their halcyon days but don’t like so much any more (hence the inclusion of The Living End and Powderfinger – they really were my introduction to JJJ – even though they went on to be darlings of the mainstream).
These are the songs I think I would have voted for:
- Radiohead – Fake Plastic Trees.
- Muse – Plug In Baby
- Paul Simon – Call Me Al
- Smashing Pumpkins – Disarm
- Jeff Buckley – Last Goodbye
- Dandy Warhols – Get Off
- Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb
- Powderfinger – Day You Come
- The Living End – Prisoner of Society
- Gomez – Shot Shot
Some of these songs were chosen arbitrarily as representatives of a band’s body of work – I really can’t decide what Radiohead, Muse, Smashing Pumpkins or Gomez song I like the best. Placebo and The Whitlams were unlucky not to make the list on the basis of criteria 3.