With over 2 million votes cast and two-thirds of the songs on the countdown by Australian artists, Triple J’s Hottest 100 may be one of the best we’ve heard yet.
No matter where and how you celebrate Australia Day, so as the clock ticks over the big question is who will be number one.
I think it’s fair to say that it has been a big year in music, moreso Australian music so we have conjured up a small list of the favourites we think will take out today’s all-mighty Triple J Hottest 100 number 1.
Flume feat. Kai – Never Be Like You (or anything from his ‘Skin’ EP to be honest)
It’s been a pretty massive year for Harley Streten (aka. Flume) after huge success of his latest EP ‘Skin’ which features collaborations with Kai, Tove Lo, Vic Mensa, AlunaGeorge to name a few. Picking up an ARIA for ‘Album of the Year’ in 2016 and even currently holding a Grammy nomination, this album has definitely captured the hearts and ears of many. Honestly, no matter how many times ‘Never Be Like You’ has been played on the radio, I don’t think you can ever get sick of it.
Amy Shark – Adore
Arising from Triple J’s very own Triple J Unearthed, Amy Shark describes herself as a songwriter, producer and filmmaker. The release of her debut single ‘Adore’ has triumphed around the world so it wouldn’t be a surprise if she was up the top of the countdown.
Tash Sultana – Jungle
Also arising through Triple J Unearthed, Tash Sultana is taking the world by storm. Sultana’s self-taught musical talents just puts you simply in awe as she beatboxes, sings, plays guitar, synthesises and loops beats to create a magical sound. With over 1.4 million views on Youtube and growing, Sultana is re-sculpting music.
PNAU – Chameleon
This is just one of those electrifying, feel good tracks. Yes, Australian dance music duo PNAU are back with a banger of a song just when we thought they had gathered dust on the mantlepiece. If this song doesn’t get in the top 10 at least, I may cry….
Childish Gambino – Redbone
Oh and who couldn’t forget this song. With performances at Falls Festival it is highly likely people would vote for this classic.
Frank Ocean – Solo (or once again anything from his ‘Blond’)
Yep, that album…. self-explanatory really.
For those who may not be aware, the Hottest 100 countdown was inspired by polls run by Rolling Stone which featured the 100 favourite songs of all time. The countdown began in 1988 but it wasn’t until 1993 that listeners had the chance to actually vote for songs.
So lets throw it back a bit, here is a list of all the number one’s over the years:
1993 – Dennis Leary ‘Asshole’
1994 – The Cranberries ‘Zombies’
1995 – Oasis ‘Wonderwall’
1996 – Spiderbait ‘Buy Me a Pony’
1997 – The Whitlams ‘No Aphrodisiac’
1998 – The Offspring ‘Pretty Fly (for a white guy)’
1999 – Powderfinger ‘These Days’
2000 – Powderfinger ‘My Happiness’
2001 – Alex Lloyd ‘Amazing’
2002 – Queens of the Stone Age ‘No One Knows’
2003 – Jet ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl’
2004 – Franz Ferdinand ‘Take Me Out’
2005 – Bernard Fanning ‘Wish You Well’
2006 – Augie March ‘One Crowded Hour’
2007 – Muse ‘Knights of Cydonia’
2008 – Kings of Leon ‘Sex on Fire’
2009 – Mumford & Sons ‘Little Lion Man’
2010 – Angus & Julia Stone ‘Big Jet Plane’
2011 – Gotye feat. Kimbra ‘Somebody that I Used to Know’
2012 – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz ‘Thrift Shop’