Friday, July 17, 2009

Triple J - Hottest 100 of All Time - best artist?

Welcome to my first post.

I love quantitative analysis and music. So lists of musical "best ofs" are heaven for me.

In the next few posts I will be looking at the recently published Triple J - Hottest 100 of All Time.

So, who was the best artist?

Here are the results. (See below for the methodology.)

1. Radiohead
2. Jeff Buckley
3. Nirvana
4. The Beatles
5. Smashing Pumpkins
6. Powderfinger
7. Metallica
8. Pearl Jam
9. Michael Jackson
10. Pink Floyd

Looks fairly promising as a top ten. I could live with that as a desert island selection.

11. Rage Against the Machine
12. Tool
13. Led Zeppelin
14. Massive Attack
15. AC/DC
16. Daft Punk
17. The Rolling Stones
18. Joy Division
19. Queen
20. Red Hot Chili Peppers

Well that pretty well ticks all the boxes for me. As an overview of rock music I think that's as good a twenty artists as you could get.

There is, however, a decided lack of funk - the late King of Pop being the closest thing. Although the influence permeates many of the other artists - particularly the Chilis.

21. Foo Fighters
22. John Lennon
23. Oasis
24. The Verve
25. Hilltop Hoods
26. Muse
27. White Stripes
28. Hunters & Collectors
29. Pixies
30. Jimi Hendrix

Fair enough - although I think Hendrix really deserves to be in the top 20. And I'd probably swap Muse for Tool for cerebral contemporary heavy rock.

31. New Order
32. Silverchair
33. The Living End
34. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
35. The Killers
36. Bloc Party
37. The Beach Boys
38. Queens of the Stone Age
39. Faith No More
40. John Butler Trio
41. Beastie Boys
42. Guns'n'Roses
43. Crowded House
44. You Am I
45. The Cure
46. Bob Dylan
47. Augie March
48. Johnny Cash
49. Blur
50. Nine Inch Nails

Oops - how could I forget about Bob Dylan - thought he should have placed higher.

51. Violent Femmes
52. Underworld
53. Elton John
54. Ben Folds Five
55. Blink 182
56. The Prodigy
57. The Smiths
58. The Shins
59. The Clash
60. Green Day
61. The Stone Roses
62. Gotye
63. David Bowie
64. Pulp
65. System of a Down
66. Placebo
67. Bob Marley & The Wailers
68. The Dandy Warhols
69. Coldplay
70. Kings of Leon
71. Bon Iver
72. Modest Mouse
73. Stevie Wonder
74. Midnight Oil
75. TV on the Radio
76. Franz Ferdinand

That's it. What do you think were the major omissions? For me its the low representation of funk/soul/R&B/hip hop artists. But if we accept it as the Hottest 100 ROCK Songs of All Time, its pretty good.

Thanks JJJ for running the survey and providing us music geeks with plenty to play with.


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