This Thursday will be Australia Day. Each year on Australia Day, an Australian radio station called Triple J counts down its most popular songs of the year as voted by the listeners. They call this list the "Hottest 100." It's not your usual "top of the pops" stuff, and I think it tends to reflect my taste in music a little bit. Your challenge is to take a song from the hottest 100 of any year and perform it. They've been holding this since 1993, so there should be 2,300 songs for you to choose from (not counting the all-time countdowns they do from time to time).
You can find an archive of previous years' countdowns here.
If you are a song-writer and are able to take inspiration from this theme in any way, I will accept your entry.
Limit of 1 song (but I will give you an extra song if you perform one from THIS year's count down after it is announced on Thursday)
Please list the year and position in the countdown
Must be a new recording
Uke must be prominent
Grand prize: The song that tickles my fancy the most. It will be a CD of selected songs from this year's countdown. I will pre-order it straight away and they will deliver it when it is published.
Bonus prize 1: There was a song that was disqualified a few years ago because it had never been played on Triple J, but would have been voted in as number 4. People had been voting for it as a protest against Triple J being so snobby about music. The first person to play this song will get an as-yet undetermined prize. (This song will not count towards your song limit).
Bonus prize 2: The first person to guess and play my vote for no. 1 in this year's countdown (if it gets in the top 100). The only hint I'm giving is that it's not my usual taste in music. I'll also let you know if it makes it in the top 100 on Thursday. I'll also work out this prize if anyone actually wins it. (This song will not count towards your song limit if you get it right, although if you guess wrong, then it will). UPDATE: This bonus is in play. The song in question is somewhere in the top 50.
Hi guys. I'm keeping up and it looks like a slow work week for me, so I'll give you an an extra song. However, the extra song may not be from any of the "all-time" lists. It must be from one of the annual lists that began in 1993. So the 3 allowable entries are as follows.
1. Any listed song
2. Only from annual lists (not all-time lists)
3. Must be from this year's countdown, which will be released on January 26th.