The Triple J Hottest 100 is a true blue tradition of any Australia Day, right up there with snags, VB and scorching pink tan-lines. It’s the soundtrack to Australia’s most patriotic day; most Aussies have no idea what happened on January 26 way back when but for a day of golden hits to reminisce the year of music that was, we flip to 101.5 like it’s second nature.
This year’s countdown featured 78 artists, making it the second most diverse Hottest 100 in Triple J’s history. It was also a year of debutants, with the four highest charting artists appearing in the chart for the first time. This includes Sydney producer Flume who appeared in the countdown the highest number of times with four tracks making the cut. Also for the first time in the history of Hottest 100, two songs – ‘Brother’ and ‘Lonely Boy’ – appeared in consecutive countdowns, after being covered for Like A Version after their original release.
Controversially, ‘Warmest 100’ was released online just days before the Triple J’s official countdown. Using data sourced from social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, it – amazingly – successfully predicted 92 of the songs featured in Triple J’s countdown, including all of the top ten tracks and the top three songs in its correct order.
Triple J has tried to squeeze every last drop out of its star program, getting as much radio airplay as possible by playing the Hottest 200 the following Sunday. Keep posted for Triple J’s Hottest 1000 later on in the year if the station’s ratings begin to fall.