Well, it’s time of year again for the world’s largest music poll: the Triple J Hottest 100.  Since 1993, it’s been run annually in its current format of voting only on songs released during that calendar year (before then, it was a poll of any songs regardless of year released, so each year Joy Division cleaned up). It’s pretty simple – hit the website, vote, and then get pissed on Australia Day (January 26th) and listen to Triple J play the top 100 vote-getters back to back (optionally, skull every time a song you voted for turns up).

The competition is open to anyone, regardless of what country you’re in. Mind you, one random voter wins tickets to pretty much every damn festival run in Australia during 2009, so you might miss out there if you send in an entry from Canada. Fellow blogonauts, feel free to post your lists as well!

I had thought this had been a fairly dry year, musically, but I ended up with a shortlist over 20 songs long and found it fairly difficult to pare it back to ten. I persevered, however, and through a herculean effort threw together my ‘best of’ list for 2008.

Viper Pilot’s final ten, in no particular order:

Beck – Gamma Ray
Utah Saints – Something Good ’08 (Van She Tech Remix)
Cut Copy – Lights and Music
Eagles of Death Metal – Wannabe In L.A.
Dizzy Rascal – Flex
The Prodigy – Invaders Must Die
Weezer – Pork & Beans
Flight Of The Conchords – Business Time
The Presets – Talk Like That
Roots Manuva – Let the Spirit

If you’re curious to see what the results of previous years’ polls, Wikipedia (who else?) has a comprehensive history of the Hottest 100.