The Most Annoying Songs That Could Make It Into The Triple J Hottest 100 Of The Decade

As the voting polls closes on March 9th, the Triple J Hottest 100 of the decade 2010-2019 will be revealed on March 14th. There were probably some songs that held a dear meaning  to your existence in the last 10 years. There are a tonne of mind blowing songs that came out over the 2010s. 

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Triple J’s Hottest 100 of the decade photo credit: ABC

There were definitely bangers that cemented the finest night outs, party celebrations and festival moments. But what were the songs that tormented people’s  ears from being overplayed, or songs that shocked people’s expectations or just plain bad?  Below is a list of the least annoying to the most annoying…


‘Hoops’ – The Rubens (2015)

The song is actually a catchy fine song, but winning the top spot of 2015 shocked and pissed off many avid Triple J listeners. The question is whether ‘Hoops’ was a stronger song than the other top ten winners. The Rubens went up against the likes of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘King Kunta’, Major Lazer & DJ Snake – Lean On (feat. MØ) and two Tame Impala songs; ‘The Less I Know The Better’ and ‘Let It Happen.’


‘Adore’  Amy Shark (2016)

 ‘Hotline Bling’ – Drake (2015)

The song that sparked a gazzilion memes and still counting. The dad dance moves in that adorabale puffy orange snow jacket.  It was a hard gamble to pick ‘Hotline Bling’ or other Drake classic ‘One Dance’ but ‘Hotline Bling’ takes the cake in really kicking off this horribly annoying list of songs.


Started From The Bottom (2013) Drake (2013)

Couldn’t resist in putting another Drake song but it had to be done.  ‘Started From The Bottom’  sparked his music career to take off. Drake dominated the Triple J airwaves during the mid 2010s but I remain perplex to see if people take him seriously or not. In this song I can see how Drake attempts to reach out to the common man in sympathising the notion of people bearing the weight of their own struggles and coming out on top but found it hard to appreciate the song from someone who already achieved success from “Degrassi: The Next Generation” and see the song just as absurd as it is affirmative.


‘Rockstar’ (ft. 21 Savage) – Post Malone (2017)

Post Malone has grown and matured with his craft since his global breakthrough hit ‘Rockstar’ but how this song became  number 1 on the Billboard hot 100 is an enigma. The song isn’t bad and it ended up being number 24 on the 2017 hottest list. The song falls into the annoying category because while the dark lyrical wordplay is hypnotic, the mood of the song quickly deflates by risking itself being trapped to the singular monotone sound and we are entirely absorbed by that. Was Post Malone robbed of being in the top ten?


Thrift Shop (ft. Wanz) – Macklemoore & Ryan Lewis (2012)

While the music video is entertainingly hilarious the song can get incredibly boring and annoying after a couple of repeating rotations. ‘Thrift Shop’ is one of those glorifying night out sort of songs that have cemented a place in nightclubs all over the globe. No matter how annoying it is, the song will always have people having a good time but it will never be as glorious as ‘Be Faithful (Put Your Hands Up) ft. Crooklyn Clan by Fatman Scoop.

‘Big Jet Plane’- Angus & Julia Stone  (2010)

‘Big Jet Plane’ won the hottest 100 in 2010. The song is stripped back and gracefully minimal but the subject matter surrounding the song can get increasingly frustrating when listening.  The song is a candid and gentle composition about lost love but hearing the lyrics such as ‘ I wanna hold her, I wanna kiss her She smelled of daisies, smelled of daisies She drive me crazy, drive me crazy’  can turn into an unbearable cringey cliché. The raspy mellow sounding chorus ‘Gonna take you for a ride on a big jet plane’ is sung for about 10 times throughout the song and this makes this song fall into the  annoying category.  


‘Fuck You!’ – Cee-Lo Green (2010)

A cheeky song that subverts the negative trope of a break up relationship into a comical one. Cee-Lo Green’s ‘Fuck You’ was too irresistible to ignore but then it became too unbearable not to ignore. Despite the swearing the song became a staple in supermarket playlists (‘Forget You’ the radio edit version). The Motown inspired tune came in at 9th on the 2010 hottest 100.


Uptown Funk {Ft. Bruno Mars} – Mark Ronson (2014)

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars created the most plastic coated pop song ever manufactured in the 2010s. The Michael Jackson style choreography is cool but many fans of Michael Jackson were infuriated in Mars emulating Jackson’s style.  It is one of the songs that has fallen into the overplayed category and still gets radio play to this day.


I’m Losing It – Fisher (2018) 

Another annoying dance hit and probably most annoying EDM track from 2018. The name of the song speaks for itself in how annoying the track is as a whole.


Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye ft. Kimbra (2011)

The Gotye hit was the top winner of 2011 and seems likely to take out a place in the top 10 of the decade. Gotye has been less musically active since this global hit. The song is a remarkable work of art but the extreme amount of airplay quickly became excruciating to the degree that people would make fun of it and the song would morph into a meme. It would of pissed a lot of recently broken up couples who don’t need to be reminded of the person they possibly grew tired of being with…


‘Barbra Streisand’ – Duck Sauce (2010) 

A song that can be forgotten but now resurrected in the hottest 100 of decade list. This intoxicating dance anthem had everyone in high school chanting the ‘ahhwooo woooo wooo’ part every day since its inception. The song delivers the same repeated loops and in hearing the title ‘Barbra Streisand’ over and over you begin to ponder or forget how megastar Barbra Streisand has any relevance to this dance tune whatsoever.


‘Happy’ Pharrell Williams (2013)

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Pharrell William’s ‘Happy’ photo credit: Descience
Taking the top spot on this list has to be ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams. I don’t think anyone can bash out on the man himself but I have to take a swipe at this song because it outdid Cee Lo Green’s ‘Fuck You’ on the basis on how the song gives off exhausting positivity. How it became greater than what the song was meant for (the children’s movie: Despicable Me 2) is phenomenal and sad. The song somehow became a people’s favourite on the Triple J 100 perhaps how manipulative it is in making you wanna jump up and start dancing. An interesting pub trivia fact for you is that the song was originally intended for Cee Lo Green.

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