The country was one over the weekend, brought together by a music countdown. And who isn't dying to share their feelings about music, such a powerful, primal form of expression?
How good was the Triple J Hottest 100 of all time?
I was glued to the radio/web/Facebook/Twitter/linked-in/sms (a modern day media experience is all of those things), immersed in the joy of a shared and emotional experience.
The country was one over the weekend, brought together by a music countdown. And who isn't dying to share their feelings about music, such a powerful, primal form of expression? I have bored many a dinner guest reminiscing about that special night in the early 90s when I witnessed Nirvana blow the room away.
Despite working on and helping to create the Hottest 100 twenty years ago, I think it is still a fresh idea. Made even fresher by the ability to so easily tweet your feelings to your mates.
The Hottest 100 has started a frenzy of "personal countdowns" amongst my friends - shared over dinner, over YouTube or over Facebook.
My boss, Shaun, and I have been discussing whether those big, shared media moments - the nation stopping ones, like the 6pm news bulletin used to be - will be part of our media future.
I think they will, as the Hottest 100 shows.
They are now fuelled by audience networks, a new mix of media all-a-jumble, shared between peers rather than just broadcast.
For the record, I am still working on my hundred favourite songs of all time. But the list will probably include Parliament "Flashlight", Laughing Clowns "Eternally Yours", Radiohead "Karma Police", Metallica "Enter Sandman", Dinosaur Junior "Start Choppin"... What the hell, I could be here all day. I'll put my playlist together for the next post.