It's that time of year again in Australia, triple j's iconic annual countdown, The Hottest 100 will take place on Saturday 22nd of January. The biggest day in Aussie radio, the 2021 edition of The Hottest 100 is on track to be the most voted on edition in its history.
Sadly, for us metalheads, recent history has shown us that the popularity of heavy bands is wildly misrepresented in the results of the countdown and if popular prediction site 100 Warm Tunas predicting only pub punks, Amyl And The Sniffer's Security, Hertz), metalcore titans Architects (Dead Butterflies), The Amity Affliction (Like Love), Northlane (Clockwork) and Bring Me The Horizon (DiE4U), alt/grunge heroes WAAX (Most Hated Girl), to make the cut in the 2021 countdown, we decided to pregame for the annual triple j BBQ by doing a deep dive on the history of The Hottest 100 to find the 20 heaviest songs to be voted into The Hottest 100.
Note: These aren't in any sort of order, and please remember, heavy is subjective!
The 20Heaviest Songs To Be Voted Into The Hottest 100
Parkway Drive - Sleepwalker (#97, 2010), Crushed (#48, 2015)
Squeeking into the countdown for the first time in their history in 2010, Australia's biggest modern metal export, Byron Bay's Parkway Drive did so in crushing style, hitting the triple j audience with this monolithic track off of 2010's Deep Blue. Slipping in between songs by Foals and Jonsi, they definitely stood out, making the first of their three entries in countdown history. that they also managed to get the equally hammering Crushed off of 2015's Ire into the countdown at #48 in 2015 serves as evidence of their much warranted enduring popularity with Aussies.
Slipknot - Wait and Bleed (#75, 2000), Unsainted (#86, 2019)
Slipknot were the most talked about metal band on the planet when Wait And Bleed gave them the first of two entries in The Hottest 100. As you all know, the hype was justified with the band going on to become arguably the most extreme band to make it into mainstream consciousness in the history of metal. Following up this absolute classic with 2019's Unsainted showcased their generational crossover appeal.
System Of A Down - Chop Suey (#3, 2001), B.Y.O.B (#27, 2005)
Everyone's favourite Armenian-American metallers, System Of A Down broke through into triple j listeners hearts in a big way in 2001, with the inimitable Chop Suey landing at #3. The frenetic metal classic clearly won them a LOT of fans in the triple j listenership because they ended up placing another SIX times, with Innvervision (#87), Aerials (#37) and Toxicity (#18) making the countdown in 2002 (yep, that's 4 tracks off of Toxicity across two years!), Hypnotize (#76), Radio/Video (#57), and B.Y.O.B (#27) making it into the 2005 countdown. B.Y.O.B is the heaviest of the entire bunch of entries, so gets our second nod here alongside Chop Suey.
Bring Me The Horizon - Shadow Moses (#92, 2013)
British metalcore giants Bring Me The Horizon are one of the most consistent Hottest 100 performers in metal, with placements in 2013 (Shadow Moses #92, Sleepwalking #86), 2014 (Drown, #68), 2o15 (True Friends #99, Happy Song #86, Throne #45), 2018 (Mantra, #45), 2019 (Ludens #96) and 2020 (Obey #71, Parasite Eve #38), which is impressive stuff. As far as heaviness goes, you could raffle it off between a few, but we're going with Shadow Moses for this list, every single one of their entries bangs though.
Rammstein - Links 2-3-4
German industrial metal icons, Rammstein were all over triple j at the turn of the century, picking up three Hottest 100 entries with one in each of 1999 (Stripped #90), 2001 (Links 2-3-4 #70) and 2004 (Amerika, #46). We can think of many more tracks that should have made the cut but out of these options, Links-2-3-4 is our vote for the heaviest.
Karnivool - Themata
Western Australia's Karnivool exploded onto the Aussie heavy music scene with this absolute monster of a prog/alt-metal anthem in 2005 and triple j listeners were into it. Landing at #97 in the 2005 countdown Themata sounds as impactful and fresh as it did then, today. The band has gone on to place another five times in 2006 (Roquefort ft. The Cat Empire #45) 2007 (The Only Way #63), 2009 (All I Know #63, Set Fire To The Hive #47) ) and 2013 (We Are #100) ), showing the station's love affair with the band might just be everlasting.
Tool - Stinkfist (#2 in 1996)
Alt-metal progressives Tool are titans and the listeners of triple j agree with the band having cracked the countdown on six different occasions. The most memorable and heaviest of those entries is without a doubt Stinkfist which made it all the way to #2 in 1996. The musical maestros preempted that success with Sober coming in at #27 in 1993 and would follow with impressive showings for Forty Six-&-2 (#30, 1997), Parabola (#49, 2001), Schism (#14, 2001), The Pot (#29, 2006) and Vicarious (#22, 2006). Impressive.
Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name (#6, 1993) and Bulls On Parade (#46, 1996)
Rap-rock protagonists Rage Against The Machine were at the peak of their politically inspired powers when the annual countdowns for the Hottest 100 kicked off with the inaugural countdown featuring this pair of absolute firestarters, Killing In The Name at #6 and Bullet In The Head at #84. This started a love affair with triple j listeners and the band that would see Bulls On Parade land at #46 in 1996, The Ghost Of Tom Joad at #74 in 1997, No Shelter at #66 in 1998, Guerilla Radio at #7 in 1999, Sleep Now In The Fire at #13, Maria at #77 and Renegades of Funk at #95 in 2000, then somehow Renegades Of Funk made it again in 2001 at #18! Of this collection we've gone with Killing In The Name and Bulls On Parade with the latter song also charting as a Like A Version at #5 thanks to Denzel Curry in 2019!
Limp Bizkit - Nookie (#8, 1999) and My Generation (#21, 2000)
Nu-metal had a charmed run in the countdown in the late '90s to early '00s and Limp Bizkit were no exception notching up three high placed finishes thanks to Nookie landing at #8 in 1999, Take A Look Around at #27 in 2000 and My Generation at #21 in 2000. For the heaviness and fun factor, you can't really go past the vibes of Nookie and My Generation. Don't overthink it, just let the music move you.
Korn - Got The Life (#5, 1998), Falling Away From Me (#17, 1999)
Nu-metal originators Korn first blew the doors off of the Hottest 100 in 1997 with A.D.I.D.A.S at #24, before hitting a peak of #5 with Got The Life in 1998, an impressive back-to-back of entries in 1999 of Falling Away From Me at #17 and Freak On A Leash at #16 with Make Me Bad, making good at #81 in 2000. All certified bangers in Maniacs opinion, we've got Got The Life and Falling Away From Me making the list.
Architects - Animals
UK metalcore giants, Architects have been a huge deal in Australia for a decade and finally forced their way into the Hottest 100 last year with the monstrosity that is Animals at #47. Will Dead Butterflies give them a follow up this year? We'll have to wait and see.
The Amity Affliction -The Weigh Down (#71, 2014)
Aussie heroes The Amity Affliction have made The Hottest 100 a staggering ten times already in their career with an eleventh entry likely. Charting at #40 2013 with Born To Die, at #22 with Pittsburgh, #64 with Don't Lean On Me and #71 with The Weigh Down in 2014, #25 with Shine On in 2015, #65 with All Fucked Up, #67 with I Bring The Weather With Me and #76 with This Could Be Heartbreak in 2016, #94 with Ivy (Doomsday) in 2018 and #64 with Soak Me In Bleach in 2020. All are more or less of equal level of 'heaviness', with The Weigh Down getting the nod for the list.
Metallica - St. Anger (#61, 2003)
One of the most difficult elements of making a list like this is distancing 'preference' from 'heaviness', never has this been truer than when assessing Metallica's nine entries in yearly Hottest 100's. Charting in 1996 (Hero Of The Day #62, Until It Sleeps #52), 1997 (The Memory Remains #38), 1998 (Fuel #77, The Unforgiven II #67), 1999 (No Leaf Clover #56), 2000 (I Disappear #84, No Leaf Clover #56), 2003 (St. Anger #61) and 2008 (The Day That Never Comes #88) The annual Hottest 100's got going after Metallica had all but abandoned The heaviest side of their sound and settled into the gentler rocking territory, so while some of those songs fucking slap (Fuel is fucking great), none of them can hold up to the heavyweight of St. Anger. Flush it out.
Linkin Park - One Step Closer (#55, 2001)
Somehow Linkin Park only made the Hottest 100 once in their career. That one entry though was the undeniable nu-metal anthem, One Step Closer a perfect closer for our list!
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