Originally listeners were asked to compile a list of their favourite songs of all time and mail them to triple j. Diligent triple j staffers then tallied these votes by hand! Today things have been greatly simplified behind the scenes, with all voting cast using either SMS or online.
Joy Division topped the first hottest 100 with the classic "Love Will Tear Us Apart". The seminal British band stayed on top for successive years until a band called Nirvana released a little tune by the name of "Smells like Teen Spirit" in '91.
The focus of the Hottest 100 changed after these early years limiting the voting selection to songs released in the previous 12 months. Since the change, Australian artists have featured prominently with Spiderbait, The Whitlams, Powderfinger, Alex Lloyd and Jet all having taken the coveted number one position.
This year, the poll was flooded with the most votes ever received making it the biggest Hottest 100 ever. People all over Australia and the world cranked up the radio and partied to the best songs of 2009 LIVE on Australia Day - 26th January 2010.
To listen to this year's No. 1 song, Little Lion Man by Mumford & Sons, click on the title of this article. CD available in-store on March 5. Pre-order your copy today on (03) 8742 2100.