Revisit the 1999 Hottest 100

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Club Legend
Jun 19, 2002
Christies Beach
AFL Club
Other Teams
Sturt, Sheffield Wednesday
Like last year, Double J will be replaying the count from 20 years ago on Monday.

What did you vote for (can you remember)?
With the passing of time, what has held up and what would you change your votes to now?


Club Legend
Jun 19, 2002
Christies Beach
AFL Club
Other Teams
Sturt, Sheffield Wednesday
Here is a start....

This is what I voted for:

Alex Lloyd - What A Year
Ben Folds Five - Army
Blur - Tender
Custard - The New Matthew
Elliott Smith - Waltz #2
Fiona Apple - Fast as You Can
Pearl Jam - Last Kiss
Powderfinger - Passenger
Supergrass - What Went Wrong (In Your Head)
Testeagles - Like No Other

1998 was a super year, but 1999 didn't seem to have the big releases in the same way.

With the passing of time, and having listened to these at times over the past 20 years, I would now vote as follows:

Ben Folds Five - Army - exceptional song off the album of the year, and one of the great albums of all time.
Powderfinger - Passenger - still one of their absolute best, and holds up to this day
Custard - The New Matthew - a very underrated song, and still my favourite off Loverama
Supergrass - What Went Wrong (In Your Head) - another very underrated song off a massive record
Blur - Tender - one of their classiest tracks from their career
The Cardigans - My Favourite Game - not sure how I missed this the first time round, one of the great songs of that era
Blur - Coffee & TV - exceptional
Bis - Eurodisco - Do the French do anything wrong?
Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Californication - pure class
NOFX - The Decline - never given the appreciation it deserves, Art-Punk?


Norm Smith Medallist
Apr 28, 2008
AFL Club
West Coast
Other Teams
Arsenal Sydney Swans GWS CBR United
Don't think I actually voted until maybe 2005 or 2006, but this Hottest 100 is incredibly rich. I agree that this might lack the upper crust of 1998, but the depth here is considerable, including a lot of deserving Australian entries (All Torn Down, Passenger, Stevie, Mascara, Lucky Star, Happiness, etc.). I was just turned 11, and a big Living End/Regurgitator/Chart Music fan at the time, as well as really into the nu-metal phenomenon of Korn & Limp Bizkit.

My top 10 from that 100 if picked today (in rough order).

Friendly (remix of Sia) - Some Kind of Love Song
Madison Avenue - Don't Call Me Baby
Blur - Coffee & TV
Pearl Jam - Last Kiss
Fatboy Slim - Right Here, Right Now
Blur - Tender
Korn - Freak on a Leash
Silverchair - Ana's Song (Open Fire)
Placebo - Every You, Every Me
Jamiroquai - Canned Heat

It is weird with Passenger at #100 and These Days at #1, as the former is superior.

My top 10 albums from 1999 (pales next to 1998):

1. Amber - Amber
2. Dido - No Angel
3. Alex Lloyd - Black the Sun
4. Wilco - Summerteeth
5. Boards of Canada - Peel Session
6. Blur - 13
7. George Michael - Songs From the Last Century
8. The Cranberries - Bury the Hatchet
9. Moby - Play
10. Savage Garden - Affirmation

HM: Tina Cousins - Killing Time, Sigur Ros - Agaetis byrjun, Regurgitator -
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All Australian
Oct 2, 2014
AFL Club
The 10 from 1999 I would vote for now (in alphabetical order, with songs that actually made the 1999 H100 in bold):

Aphex Twin - Windowlicker
Basement Jaxx - Red Alert
Blur - Coffee & TV
The Chemical Brothers - Let Forever Be
Dead Prez - Hip-Hop
Len - Steal My Sunshine
Moby - Porcelain (Included in the 2000 H100)
Mos Def – Ms. Fat Booty
Sigur Rós - Svefn-g-englar
Underworld - Jumbo

In my opinion, 1999 is the weakest year for music in the past 30 years. Most popular music that was released that year (boy bands, nu metal & skater pop punk) has aged terribly and just sounds incredibly juvenile today. The 1999 H100 highlights this.

I've actually found some of the music that has aged best from that year tend to be underground house/techno tracks that wouldn't really get a spin on Triple J. 10 of my favourites as follows:

The Aztec Mystic AKA DJ Rolando - Jaguar
Azzido Da Bass - Dooms Night (Timo Maas Remix)
Bedrock ‎– Heaven Scent
Masters At Work - To Be In Love
Mr. Oizo ‎– Flat Beat
Pepe Bradock - Deep Burnt
Pete Heller - Big Love
Pnau - Sambanova
Sasha - Xpander
Soul Capsule - Lady Science (NYC Sunrise)
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The umpires are always right!
Sep 27, 2008
AFL Club
St Kilda
Other Teams
Chelsea, Black Caps, Subiaco
Blur Coffee and TV and Moby Play are good shouts.

What about Supergrass's 1999 slbum.


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