Triple J Hottest 100: who will win Australia’s biggest music poll this year?

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Last twelvemonth was an unusual 1 for Australia’s biggest euphony canvass – believed to beryllium the largest euphony canvass successful the world.

A children’s radical who formed much than 30 years agone topped Triple J’s illustration with a screen of a decade-old song, portion Olivia Rodrigo and Doja Cat made up 10% of the full database betwixt them – contempt neither being the fare we would expect from the alternate younker station.

A opus featuring Justin Bieber placed second, arsenic the assorted campaigns to include/exclude Taylor Swift in/from the 2014 countdown faded accelerated from our corporate memory. And, arsenic if to gully a enactment successful the sand, for the archetypal clip ever, a compilation CD didn’t travel the countdown.

So, who volition apical the 2022 Hottest 100? The latest earworm from Harry’s House? The Hooley Dooleys covering Know Your Product? Perhaps it volition beryllium a much evident summertime banger, specified arsenic the 61-second classical Southern Brooding Gastric Frog – way 55 from this year’s chart-topping Australian Frog Calls foundation album, for the uninitiated.

Either that oregon it volition conscionable beryllium a fashionable opus from a fashionable band. According to Warm Tunas – a prediction tract with a illustration size of much than 250,000 voters, and a bully way grounds of triangulating the year’s apical tunes – the pointy extremity of the database volition beryllium populated by Australian artists. This twelvemonth connected the podium, skivvies volition beryllium optional.

A acquainted Top 10

A section opus volition inevitably apical the countdown this year, according to the aboriginal numbers. Flume, Gang Of Youths, Ball Park Music and Spacey Jane volition each conflict it retired for archetypal place.

If this peculiar section lineup is giving deja vu, you request lone formed your caput backmost to the 2020 countdown, topped by UK set Glass Animals’ opus Heat Wave. Spacey Jane came successful astatine No 2 (for Booster Seat), Flume astatine No 3 (The Difference), and Ball Park Music astatine No 4 (Cherub). Gang Of Youths didn’t person a caller merchandise that year, but landed astatine No 6 the pursuing twelvemonth with The Angel Of 8th Ave.

Of the aforementioned frontrunners, Flume appears to beryllium the flimsy favourite astatine this point, with his February azygous Say Nothing, featuring young Sydney creator Maya Cumming, apt to people the shaper his 2nd No 1.

The shaper surely has signifier successful the apical five; successful information helium has antecedently taken retired each slot. Flume deed No 1 successful 2016 with Never Be Like You, No 2 successful 2019 with Rushing Back, No 3 with The Difference successful 2020, No 4 with Holdin On successful 2012, and No 5 with Drop The Game successful 2013. Could this beryllium the twelvemonth helium lands that feted No 6 spot?

Fremantle foursome Spacey Jane are an extracurricular accidental astatine landing No 1 with the cracking Hardlight, but look much apt to onshore determination little wrong the Top 5. Sitting Up besides has a just accidental of reaching the Top 10, some songs travel from the band’s second medium Here Comes Everything.

Spacey Jane person beardown caller form, landing astatine No 3 successful 2021 with Lots of Nothing (behind the skivvies and the Bieb) and No 12 with Lunchtime. The erstwhile year, Booster Seat reached No 2, blocked by the aforementioned Heat Waves.

Stars In My Eyes by Ball Park Music is besides a beardown accidental for No 1. Their opus Cherub’s No 4 placing successful 2020 remains their champion showing, but the Brisbane five-piece person antecedently landed a whopping 12 entries successful the illustration – including past year’s kaleidoscopic Sunscreen, which reached No 21.

Gang of Youths to yet deed No 1?

Evangelical rockers Gang Of Youths are looking apt to get the No 1 spot, with the tender In The Wake Of Your Leave: a dirge lamenting the passing of frontman David Le’aupepe’s father.

The set wholly swamped the 2017 countdown, landing No 2, No 5, and No 10 with Let Me Down Easy, The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows (can a shadiness beryllium frank?) and What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?

Gang of Youths whitethorn person dominated successful 2017, but Kendrick Lamar’s not-so-humble Humble took retired the apical spot that twelvemonth by a wide margin.

For a antheral who released 19 songs into the satellite successful 2022, the rapper is conspicuously absent from this year’s predictions, contempt the five-year interruption betwixt his past grounds (which had 4 songs successful the 2017 Hottest 100) and this year’s Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers.

According to Warm Tunas, conscionable 1 Kendrick opus volition participate the 200 – N95 – which is tipped to onshore successful the mid-30s. Perhaps it’s a substance of voting choices being dispersed excessively bladed implicit a treble album.

Other tunes successful with an extracurricular accidental of hitting No 1 see New Gold by Gorillaz, featuring Tame Impala and Bootie Brown; Delilah (Pull Me Out Of This) by Fred Again; and B.O.T.A. by Eliza Rose & Interplanetary Criminal.

If caller elections person taught america anything, it’s that pre-polling is useful, but yet flawed. This year’s Hottest 100 is anyone’s for the taking.

  • Triple J’s Hottest 100 countdown kicks disconnected 12pm AEDT connected Saturday 28 January.

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