The tsunami has swept all before it in this week’s Rehame Top 40, as Christian Kerr explains.

What do you prefer? Riders on the Storm or Kill Surf City? Forget the Triple J Hot 100. The Canberra Top 40 is back, thanks to our friends at Rehame.

What’s hot? John Howard and Alexander Downer are riding a wave of publicity and have crested the charts this week. Justice Minister Chris Ellison has surfed into the Top 10 in their wake.

There’s a trio of new – newish – Labor talent in there, too. Kevin Rudd, Chris Evans and Jenny Macklin have all made the Top 10. If the ALP decides the best way it can return to government is to let the punters chose leaders Australian Idol style, it looks as if Kruddy’s got the job.

Amanda Vanstone’s way up there, too, at Number 5. She’s done a controversial cover of Frank Zappa’s The Torture Never Stops, dedicated to all the Christian asylum seekers she shipped back to the mad mullahs in Iran last week.

But this week’s success story is Downer’s Parliamentary Secretary, Bruce Bilson. Talk about an understudy’s dream. In at Number 4. Break a leg, Bruce! (Not in a tsunami, we hasten to add.)

Who’s hot and who’s not: The Rehame Top 40 Pols

RankNameMentions last Week
1John Howard4791
2Alexander Downer3465
3Mark Latham897
4Bruce Billson683
5Amanda Vanstone525
6Chris Ellison343
7Kevin Rudd336
8Chris Evans286
9Jenny Macklin224
10Philip Ruddock208
11Robert Hill127
12Warren Truss116
13Peter Costello100
14Kim Beazley85
15Ian Campbell80
16Sharman Stone78
17Bob Brown73
18John Anderson66
19Mark Vaile65
20Lyn Allison58
21De Anne Kelly48
22Brendan Nelson45
23Peter Lindsay40
24Tony Abbott38
25Fran Bailey30
26Andrew Bartlett28
27Gary Hardgrave27
27Nick Minchin27
27Robert McClelland27
30Joseph Hockey26
31Kay Patterson24
31Tony Windsor24
33Robert Ray22
34Justine Elliot21
35Jim Lloyd19
35Martin Ferguson19
37Anthony Albanese18
37Kevin Andrews18
39Malcolm Turnbull16
40Sussan Ley15