Double J have allowed listeners to rewrite history, announcing their revised list of the Hottest 100 of 1998.

Ask anyone who was there, and they’ll tell you that The Offspring topping the Hottest 100 of 1998 was one of the biggest musical injustices of all time.

While ‘Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)’ was a great song at the time, the novelty soon wore off, leading to listeners looking back at the countdown with a bit of shame and guilt.

When the Hottest 100 of 1998 was replayed on Double J back on January 28th, the station recognised the controversy surrounding the top song, and decided to attempt something never done before.

Yes, responding to years of disappointment in regards to the song, Double J announced that they were letting fans re-vote in the iconic countdown.

This time though, things were a little different; you could only vote for one track, and you could only choose from tracks that made the original countdown.


Of course, Double J noted that this poll was nothing but a bit of fun, and that the original results would remain as they were back in the day. Nevertheless, a large amount of debate ensued in regards to what should be #1.

While plenty of listeners campaigned for The Offspring to again top the poll, the punk band’s iconic guitarist Noodles even chimed in, stating that The Living End were the deserving winners of the countdown.

“We totally get it. Our song may have been played a time or two too many,” Noodles wrote on Facebook. “So let’s fix this historical error by voting for The Living End’s “Save The Day” as the #1 song of 1998. They had 3 songs in the top 20 that year. They earned it!”

Now, Double J have unveiled their revised top ten, and it’s a doozy. The result of over 65,000 votes, only two tracks from the original top ten remain in this new countdown, with plenty of tunes jumping a huge amount of positions for their new rankings.

While Rob Zombie’s ‘Dragula’ went all the way from #75 to #3, TISM’s hilarious ‘Whatareya?’ still proves as relevant as ever, hitting #4. Of course, Marilyn Manson, Rage Against The Machine, and Garbage all help to prove that alternative-rock is still as popular as ever at the lower end of the new countdown.

However, while Regurgitator’s ‘! (The Song Formerly Known As)’ proves as the highest Aussie entry at #2, the most amazing thing is that even after 20 years, Australians have no intention of letting history change that much, allowing The Offspring to top the countdown once again.

Check out the full top ten below, the original countdown, and listen to the classic number one track below:

Check out The Offspring’s ‘Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)’:

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Double J’s Hottest 100 of 1998:

#1. ‘Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)’ – The Offspring (Originally #1)
#2. ‘! (The Song Formerly Known As)’ – Regurgitator (Originally #6)
#3. ‘Dragula’ – Rob Zombie (Originally #75)
#4. ‘Whatareya?’ – TISM (Originally #36)
#5. ‘I Think I’m Paranoid’ – Garbage (Originally #57)
#6. ‘The Unforgiven II’ – Metallica (Originally #67)
#7. ‘Intergalactic’ – Beastie Boys (Originally #25)
#8. ‘Addicted To Bass’ – Josh Abrahams (Originally #16)
#9. ‘No Shelter’ – Rage Against The Machine (Originally #66)
#10. ‘The Dope Show’ – Marilyn Manson (Originally #44)

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#1. ‘Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)’ – The Offspring
#2. ‘Cigarettes Will Kill You’ – Ben Lee
#3. ‘Girls Like That (Don’t Go For Guys Like Us)’ – Custard
#4. ‘Celebrity Skin’ – Hole
#5. ‘Got The Life’ – Korn
#6. ‘! (The Song Formerly Known As)’ – Regurgitator
#7. ‘Harpoon’ – Jebediah
#8. ‘The Day You Come’ – Powderfinger
#9. ‘Heavy Heart’ – You Am I
#10. ‘Save The Day’ – The Living End

#11. ‘Sweetest Thing’ – U2
#12. ‘Brick’ – Ben Folds Five
#13. ‘Doctor Worm’ – They Might Be Giants
#14. ‘Josie’ – Blink-182
#15. ‘Second Solution’ – The Living End
#16. ‘Addicted To Bass’ – Josh Abrahams
#17. ‘Tainted Love (Live)’ – The Living End
#18. ‘Just Ace’ – Grinspoon
#19. ‘Bubblegoose (feat. Stan, Kyle, Kenny & Cartman)’ – Wyclef Jean
#20. ‘Simultaneous’ – Chef

#21. ‘Sex And Candy’ – Marcy Playground
#22. ‘Black Friday’ – Grinspoon
#23. ‘Teardrop’ – Massive Attack
#24. ‘Music Is Crap’ – Custard
#25. ‘Intergalactic’ – Beastie Boys
#26. ‘Polyester Girl’ – Regurgitator
#27. ‘I Like Your Old Remix Better Than Your New Remix’ – Regurgitator
#28. ‘Don’t You Know Who I Am?’ – Happyland
#29. ‘Everybody Here Wants You’ – Jeff Buckley
#30. ‘Never There’ – Cake

#31. ‘Throw Your Arms Around Me’ – Paul McDermott
#32. ‘Black Bugs’ – Regurgitator
#33. ‘Sweater’ – Eskimo Joe
#34. ‘One Week’ – Barenaked Ladies
#35. ‘Flagpole Sitta’ – Harvey Danger
#36. ‘Whatareya?’ – TISM
#37. ‘Buy Now Pay Later (Charlie No. 2)’ – The Whitlams
#38. ‘The Impression That I Get’ – The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
#39. ‘Somebody Kill Me’ – Adam Sandler
#40. ‘Song For The Dumped’ – Ben Folds Five

#41. ‘Pure Morning’ – Placebo
#42. ‘Teflon’ – Jebediah
#43. ‘Melbourne’ – The Whitlams
#44. ‘The Dope Show’ – Marilyn Manson
#45. ‘Ava Adore’ – The Smashing Pumpkins
#46. ‘Don’t Wanna Be Left Out’ – Powderfinger
#47. ‘Do The Evolution’ – Pearl Jam
#48. ‘Road Rage’ – Catatonia
#49. ‘Malibu’ – Hole
#50. ‘It’s Like That’ – Run-D.M.C. vs. Jason Nevins

#51. ‘Given To Fly’ – Pearl Jam
#52. ‘The Grouch’ – Green Day
#53. ‘Father Of Mine’ – Everclear
#54. ‘Mum Changed The Locks’ – Frenzal Rhomb
#55. ‘No Surprises’ – Radiohead
#56. ‘Charlie No. 3’ – The Whitlams
#57. ‘I Think I’m Paranoid’ – Garbage
#58. ‘I Don’t Like It’ – Pauline Pantsdown
#59. ‘History Repeating (feat. Miss Shirley Bassey)’ – Propellerheads
#60. ‘Untouchable Face’ – Ani DiFranco

#61. ‘Cry’ – The Mavis’s
#62. ‘Gone Away’ – The Offspring
#63. ‘The Rockafeller Skank’ – Fatboy Slim
#64. ‘Come On Spring’ – Antenna
#65. ‘Rumble’ – You Am I
#66. ‘No Shelter’ – Rage Against The Machine
#67. ‘The Unforgiven II’ – Metallica
#68. ‘Every Day Should Be A Holiday’ – The Dandy Warhols
#69. ‘Cinnamon Lip’ – Pollyanna
#70. ‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next’ – Manic Street Preachers

#71. ‘Hello!’ – Happyland
#72. ‘Mr Charisma’ – Frenzal Rhomb
#73. ‘Music Sounds Better With You’ – Stardust
#74. ‘My Hero’ – Foo Fighters
#75. ‘Dragula’ – Rob Zombie
#76. ‘Saint Joe On The School Bus’ – Marcy Playground
#77. ‘Fuel’ – Metallica
#78. ‘Shimmer’ – Fuel
#79. ‘Don’t Go Away’ – Grinspoon
#80. ‘Bad Old Man’ – Babybird

#81. ‘Drinking In L.A.’ – Bran Van 3000
#82. ‘El President (feat. Thom Yorke)’ – Drugstore
#83. ‘Now And Then’ – The Superjesus
#84. ‘Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)’ – Green Day
#85. ‘Harpoon’ – Something For Kate
#86. ‘Mama’s Trippin” – Ben Harper
#87. ‘Push It’ – Garbage
#88. ‘Wishlist’ – Pearl Jam
#89. ‘Special’ – Garbage
#90. ‘No Substitute’ – Chef

#91. ‘Benedict’ – Jebediah
#92. ‘The Ballad Of Tom Jones’ – Space
#93. ‘Untitled’ – Silverchair
#94. ‘Perfect’ – The Smashing Pumpkins
#95. ‘Tropicalia’ – Beck
#96. ‘Redneck Wonderland’ – Midnight Oil
#97. ‘Black Umbrella’ – Even
#98. ‘Baker Street’ – Foo Fighters
#99. ‘Saturation’ – The Superjesus
#100. ‘Sich Öffnen’ – Not From There