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Wrap-up of the 2006 Hottest 100

Ok, grab a shovel el plebo, we are going to bury this for another year.

Before we get into all the dribble of my poorly written paragraphs, let's get this out of the way. A LOT of songs that I thought were good didn't even make the top 100, and I thought they would definately be in there, somewhere. The main obvious obmissions that I could see were:

  • The Exploders - Country Brain
  • Phoenix - Long Distance Call
  • Ghostface - Be Easy (is it just me???)
  • Paper Scissors - We Don't Walk

I didn't think these would rate in the top ten, but I was sure they would be in there somewhere, right? Ok, with that griping out of the way, let's get to some issues that are at hand here..

Here is the full list of the 2006 Hottest 100.

Sean from A-Reminder put it forward - is Triple J still relevant? It's an interesting question. Is it my taste in music that has been changing or is Triple J moving away from alternative culture to a more commercial side?

The top three songs were by Australian artists. In fact there were five Australian songs in the top ten. Considering the volume of music that comes out of Australia, in comparision to the rest of the world, I think this is a positive. Whether or not you like the Australian songs that were in the countdown, there is no denying there was definately a wide spectrum of styles and genres released by bands from our country over the past 12 months. Sure, we all know better music was put out this year by local bands than the dribble of Eskimo Joe, but the fact people are recognising and supporting Australian music is generally a good thing, regardless of the crapness of the product.

There was a lot of shit songs in the top 100. Nobody is denying that. But, because of previous years being soooo very bad, I was somewhat happy with songs that actually made it into the countdown, regardless of how high they finished. In a perfect world TV On The Radio would have taken out the top spot, closely followed by Ghostface's 'Be Easy' and maybe Gotye's fantastic 'Hearts A Mess'. But realistically, the countdown reflects what Triple J played this year. I am still a firm believer that they have become more like other mainstream stations over the past year and are definately guilty of shortening their playlist and playing certain songs to death. It's not really a suprise that, to anyone who listened to the station a lot this year, that the songs they did play a lot, ended up in the countdown. Let's be honest, the majority of the people who voted, listened to Triple J, and nothing else. They enjoyed whatever they were spoon fed and nothing else. They weren't reading obscure indie blogs from overseas, they weren't refreshing the Pitchfork site and it would also be eveident that they didn't visit this site once (judging by our small traffic counting stats anyways).

I feel Triple J have definately shifted their view of what music they decide to play over the past few years. They have also been guilty of living by a motto of 'once supporting an artist, always supporting an artist'. They still play Jet a fair bit, and I will be a dirty old man before they ever get around to criticised the medicore-ness of their music, especially the blandness of their latest release.

Generally, I was fairly happy with the countdown. A load of songs I enjoyed from 2006 were in the 100, and, given the large amount of poor songs in previous year's countdowns, I was not expecting to enjoy it so much. That said, it still a sad representation from the 'alternative' radio station of our nation. They have the resources and ability to influence the musical taste's of this country and, for the most part, I think they are wasting this. Maybe over the next few years, Triple J, will start being more of a trendsetter and less of the follower it has become in recent times. Until then, I am pretty much looking at the internet for new music.

I am interested in what the rest of you think? Please jump into the forum and let us know what you think..

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