• Lizzy
    7 years ago

    Hey I thought I’d respond here rather than on my blog. I don’t know what the “best song” of 2012 was, or if I could ever decide that. Thrift Shop was my favourite, it made me dance, it made me laugh, I like it. I am not really a “music person” though, like you are. I mean, I don’t actively seek new music, I listen to Triple J, and I like what I like. I don’t think Hottest 100 is about the best song, I think it is about the favourite song, and those are different things to me.

    I was surprised by a lot of things in the countdown too, I definitely thought Draw a Crowd would be a lot higher for example. Obviously, I respect your opinion on all the music listed here, even if I don’t agree with you on it all, but I have to say I *don’t* understand why Thrift Shop keeps getting called a “novelty” song. I don’t see how it’s any different to anything else, except that it’s less about shooting up n*ggers and sexy bitches and more about fun stuff I actually relate to. I also think that if you are as “out of touch” as you say you are, then it’s kind of unfair for you to be saying “what is wrong with you people?”. People like things you don’t, and voted for them, it’s as simple as that. I guess people are mad that Triple J isn’t as underground or something as it used to be, which blows my mind because like… the alternative will always become the mainstream, and it’ll make way for new alternatives, which is great thing. But that’s a discussion for another day.

  • 7 years ago

    Lizzy, you make some excellent points. Maybe it is silly of me to complain that other people’s tastes differ to mine. In fact, it certainly is. But what really bothers me here [and what I maybe haven’t conveyed quite so coherently in this blog post] is this:

    In the past, I have always understood the results of the Hottest 100. I may not have agreed with them, in that they didn’t align with my own votes, but I understood that the songs had some sort of appeal within the triple j audience, and that other people liked them. This year, I don’t get it. For the first time, I’m actually baffled by some of the inclusions. It’s not about not liking the songs, but about my confusion at their ranking. My mind simply cannot comprehend how that “I Love It” song could have possibly made #12. It makes no sense to me. If you were able to explain it, then I’d actually be grateful. Because I just don’t get it at all.

    It’s also really interesting for you to say that “people are mad that Triple J isn’t as underground or something as it used to be” – because, and this supports your argument quite well, and is interesting, which is why I am telling you, triple j has never actually been as “underground” as people think. Let me give you some examples:

    1995 – “Wonderwall” by Oasis came in at #1. That song was #1 on the ARIA charts and certified Gold in Aus. Number three that year? “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio. Everybody knows and loves that song. It was also #1 on the ARIA charts and went 3x platinum. Also in the Hottest 100 that year – “Waterfalls” by TLC. You can’t tell me that “Waterfalls” is underground. It actually beat “Wonderwall” on the end of year charts in Australia.

    1996 – The Mission: Impossible theme song came in at #68. You’ve probably got it stuck in your head now. I do. Dun dun da-da, dun dun da-da…

    1997 – #3 was “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba. This is a song that I would consider akin to “Thrift Shop” in a way. When I call “Thrift Shop” a novelty song, this is the kind of thing that I’m comparing it to. And I love “Tubthumping”, but I don’t believe that it is worthy of representing an entire year of music. We’ll leave that to The Whitlams. Also in 1997, “Lovefool” by The Cardigans came in at #77.

    1998 – #1 was The Offspring’s “Pretty Fly for a White Guy”. That song couldn’t possibly be considered “underground”.

    And although I could go on for ages, I’m going to stop here – mainly because I know that you probably don’t care, but also because I’ve forgotten what point I was trying to make, and I’m more excited about sharing information that I find interesting due to my love of 90s music…

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