In 1989, listeners were asked to write down and mail a list of their favourite songs to triple j. Staff then (by hand) compiled these votes to form the very first 'Hottest 100', with Joy Division's 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' topping the chart.
Love Will Tear Us Apart won again in 1990, and looked to win again in 1991, but was pipped by a relatively new song, Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' (a surprise, considering the chart was meant to be the Hottest 100 of ALL TIME).
It was after this that triple j took a hiatus from producing the chart, and when it was revived in 1993, it took on the look and feel of the Hottest 100 as it is today, whereby listeners can only vote for songs released within the previous 12 months.
Since 1993, triple j has conducted the chart every year, following the 'Hottest 100 of the Previous Year' format. However, in 1998 and 2009, they ran a 'Hottest 100 of All Time' chart, in addition to the usual chart (marking the 10 and 20 year anniversaries of the Hottest 100).
Beginning in 1993, triple j began releasing a collection of the songs played in the Chart on CD, and from 2002 on, also brought out an accompanying DVD of some of the charting songs' Video Clips.
These statistics only take into account the 'Hottest 100 of the Previous Year' format charts.
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1989 (All Time)
1990 (All Time)
1991 (All Time)
1998 (All Time)
2009 (All Time)