Before I get into this, I’m aware of two obvious limitations to my approach.
1. JJJ lists inherently favour the indie/songer-songwriter/crotch-rock/thoughtful pop acts. If there are great new country songs, folk songs, art songs, or Indigenous Australian songs, I won’t hear them by using this list.
2. These are singles. If the best song was Track 8 on the album, I won’t hear it by using this list.
My defence is that you gotta start somewhere.
Here are the Aussie acts and their songs in the 2009 Triple J Hottest 100:
Bertie Blackman – Thump (93), Byrds of Prey (71)
The Middle East – The Darkest Side (87), Blood (64)
Miami Horror – Sometimes (82)
Yves Klein Blue – Getting Wise (79)
Tame Impala – Remember Me (78)
Jet – She’s a Genius (77)
Wolfmother – New Moon Rising (75)
Art vs Science – Friend In the Field (74), Parles Vous Francais? (2)
Sia – You’ve Changed (72), Buttons (CSS Remix) (50)
Washington – Cement (67)
Illy – Pictures (66)
Eskimo Joe – Foreign Land (65)
Karnivool – All I Know (63), Set Fire to the Hive (47)
The Temper Trap – Love Lost (58), Science of Fear (48), Fader (21)
Philadelphia Grand Jury – The Good News (57)
Powderfinger – All of the Dreamers (49)
British India – Vanilla (42)
Angus and Julia Stone – And the Boys (40)
The John Butler Trio – One Way Road (39)
Hilltop Hoods – Still Standing (37)
Little Birdy – Brother (34)
Paul Dempsey –Ramona Was a Waitress (32)
Seth Sentry – The Waitress Song (31)
Sarah Blasko – All I Want (29), We Won’t Run (28)
Bag Raiders – Shooting Stars (18)
Lisa Mitchell – Coin Laundry (7)
Bluejuice – Broken Leg (5)
Hilltop Hoods – Chase That Feeling (3)
What a daunting list. In the interests of sanity, I’ll listen to them all but keep the comments brief. Oh, and the eligibility rule is:
A) The work must have been written principally (ie. minimum 50% share) by an APRA writer member principally domiciled in Australia.
B) The work must have been released in the relevant 12 month calendar period.
So I’ll just assume these songs are all eligible. I don’t know about Flight of the Conchords, but just to be thorough, I’ll listen to Too Many Dicks (On the Dance Floor) (86), Hurt Feelings (30) and Carol Brown (24) as well.