The other day I went to a friends place for dinner. Her music taste is very similar to mine but really not similar to the other friend who was with us, so she grabbed a compilation disc to play in the background.
For those not aware, Triple J is an Australian radio station that is owned and run by the government. It's kinda the "cool" station. There's no ads (except the advertise events on the station and the government run television station) and no ratings. This means they don't necessarily have to play commercial crap, so they don't (mostly). It also means they play a good deal more Australian artists and "Unearth" unsigned local groups.
Every year Triple J runs a vote for the hottest music of the year. They collect the votes for a couple of weeks at the end of the year and then play the results on Australia Day. Shortly after that they release an album with songs from the 100. Last year was up to Volume 18.
So after the dinner, I went home and went searching for my old volumes. I also started asking others what volumes they had, so before I knew it I had volumes 1-17. Its the first time I really appreciated Triple J's tradition of compiling these lists. I now have a random sample of music, grouped by year, for the last 18 years. I'm not just rediscovering old gems, I'm also hearing some songs with a fresh ear.
I'm having a blast! Cheers, Triple J.