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Full list @ http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/hottest10 ... /cd_01.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;It's official. The 1990s were the golden age of music, and Smells Like Teen Spirit is the best song of all time.
Or so say voters of Triple J's Hottest 100 of All Time, who voted Nirvana’s grunge anthem #1, and rounded out the rest of the list with plenty of 1990s classics.
Smells Like Teen Spirit joined two more songs from Nirvana's 1992 groundbreaking album Nevermind, with Come As You Are at #40 and Lithium at #74.
Ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters also cracked the top ten with Everlong.
"After all these years that scream hasn't diminished one bit," said Triple J's Richard Kingsmill of Kurt Cobain's searing voice after broadcasing the winner. Nirvana were out ahead for much of the vote, Kingsmill said.
The Hottest 100 of All Time, which asked listeners of the national youth broadcaster to nominate their all-time favourites, was also heavy on 1990s songs by innovative British rockers Radiohead and drowned troubadour Jeff Buckley.
Radiohead and Jeff Buckley each had four songs on the list - Radiohead with Creep at #13, Karma Police at # 15, Fake Plastic Trees at #28, and the epic Paranoid Android at #5, and Jeff Buckley with Hallelujah at #3, Last Goodbye at #7, and Lover, You Should Have Come Over at #56 and Grace at #69.
Earlier broadcasts of the lower-ranking songs on the list this week were criticised for being too light on classics from the 1960s, but a few 'oldies but goodies' did crack the top 100.
Rockers AC/DC were #91 with Back in Black, Led Zeppelin's Kashmir was #98 and Stairway to Heaven at #10 and Bob Marley's No Woman, No Cry at #84.
Pink Floyd, the Clash, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Bob Dylan also made the list.
The late pop superstar Michael Jackson had two songs on the list, with Billie Jean at #41 and Thriller at #26
Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart, which was the #1 song in the first Hottest 100 of All Time in 1989, came in #4 this time.
The video clips of the Hottest 100 will be played on rage on ABC1 on August 8.
Top Ten Hottest 100 of All Time as voted by Triple J listeners:
1. Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nirvana
2. Killing in the Name by Rage Against the Machine
3. Hallelujah, by Jeff Buckley
4. Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division
5. Paranoid Android by Radiohead
6. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
7. Last Goodbye by Jeff Buckley
8. Under The Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers
9. Everlong by Foo Fighters
10. Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin