Double J feels more like double injustice today.
The results are in following a re-vote of the 1998 Triple J Hottest 100.
Each year, Double J replays the top 100 songs from twenty years prior the day after the new count. But because the 1998 winner, The Offspring’s Pretty Fly (For a White Guy), is considered by many to be the worst ever song to win the Triple J Hottest 100, listeners were asked to vote for a new winner this year.
And now despite (or maybe because of) the original controversy, Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)’s done it again, beating out Regurgitator’s Prince-inspired ! (The Song Formerly Known As) – which is still an absolute ripper 20 years later.
66,000 votes were collated, and the new top 10 was published today.
Here’s the list:
- The Offspring – Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)
- Regurgitator – ! (The Song Formerly Known As)
- Rob Zombie – Dragula
- TISM – Whatareya
- Garbage – I Think I'm Paranoid
- Metallica – The Unforgiven II
- Beastie Boys – Intergalactic
- Josh Abrahams & Amiel Daemion – Addicted To Bass
- Rage Against The Machine – No Shelter
- Marilyn Manson – The Dope Show
While it’s great that TISM’s Whatareya moved into the top ten, this new list sadly only includes two Australian tunes. The original top 10 featured songs by Custard, Ben Lee, Jebediah, Powderfinger, You Am I, The Living End and the aforementioned Regurgitator.
Pretty Fly (For a White Guy) has its own rebellious charms, for sure. But in the spirit of celebrating Australian music, we suggest a new subversive winner from 1998 to match a political climate in which Pauline Hanson is back in parliament.
And that’s Pauline Pantsdown’s I Don’t Like It. Never forget, Australia.