NewsWritten by Nastassia Baroni on February 1, 2015
For those still reeling about the deserving songs left out of this week’s Hottest 100 countdown, today triple j will broadcast their second Hottest 100, or the Hottest 200, featuring the next bunch of tracks that just narrowly missed out on a coveted place in the annual poll.
From 10am today, triple j will countdown the 200th to the 101st hottest songs of 2014, revealing which songs came behind Tkay Maizda’s Switch Lanes – the track that nabbed 100th place in the Australia Day countdown.
There were a number of deserving songs that didn’t make the cut for the Hottest 100, which was taken out by Chet Faker’s Talk is Cheap. Notable omissions include songs by Royal Blood, The Presets, Little Dragon, The Delta Riggs and Kimbra – all of whom we hope to see in the second-round broadcast.
Fans have been curious in recent years to find out how close their favourite song was to making the top 100. Last year’s second countdown revealed Jake Bugg’s What Doesn’t Kill You and Daughter’s Youth were two tracks that just missed out on a spot in the top 100.
We’ll be updating the Second Hottest 100 list as it gets announced on triple j from 10am AEDT today. Stay tuned to Music Feeds for all the latest additions.
Gallery: 12 Things We Learned From Triple J’s Hottest 100 – A Statistical Listicle
1. Triple J Really Does Love Australian Music:
The Hottest 100 of 2014 saw a record number of Aussie acts make it onto the list, with 59 of the 100 songs coming from home-grown musicians. Previously, the record for the most Australian artists sat at 52, which occurred in 1999 - when Powderfinger's 'These Days' took top spot - and in 2007, when Muse's 'Knights Of Cydonia' claimed the crown.
This time around, a large number of Aussie acts also garnered multiple entries in the Hottest 100, including Allday, Hilltop Hoods, Flight Facilities, Meg Mac, Vance Joy, Kingswood, Ball Park Music and Sticky Fingers. Aside from Australian acts, the rest of 2014's Hottest 100 saw 15 tracks from the US, 14 from the UK, and smaller contributions from New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Iceland, France and Canada.
2. The Hottest 100 Is More Popular Than Ever:
The 2014 Hottest 100 saw a record number of votes cast - 2,099,707 votes from 258,762 music fans in 188 different countries, and that's not counting the individual votes for the disqualified entry 'Shake It Off' - suggesting that the Hottest 100, and the influence of triple j, isn't slowing down any time soon.
3. Chet Faker Is Now Australian Music Royalty:
Melbourne producer Nick Murphy (aka Chet Faker) scored three tracks in the top 10 this year, equaling a record set by Powderfinger in 2003. With 'Talk Is Cheap' at #1, 'Gold' at #7 and '1998' at #8, as a solo artist Murphy has secured his place in Australian music history. Oh and his 'Like A Version' cover of Sonia Dada's '(Lover) You Don’t Treat Me No Good' also placed at #21.
4. Triple J Loves Dave Grohl Almost As Much As We Do: Dave Grohl made his 32nd (!!) appearance in the Hottest 100 this year, thanks to the Foo Fighters track 'Something From Nothing', which placed at #84. His past entires span both Nirvana and Foo Fighters tracks, and other Grohl guest appearances over the years. Foo Fighters now also sit equal first with Powderfinger as the most-featured band in the history of the Hottest 100. Not bad, Dave.
5. Australia Might Have A Problem With Guitars:
Half of 2013's top ten consisted of bands which routinely rely on guitars. In this year's top 10, only the folktronica of Milky Chance's 'Stolen Dance' can, kind of, make that claim. In fact, the highest-ranked guitar-led rock track comes in at #19 with Ball Park Music's 'She Only Loves Me When I’m There', which is in stark contrast to last year's top 20.
Also, although four metalcore tracks hit this year’s Hottest 100, three of them were from the same band — The Amity Affliction (#22 'Pittsburgh', #64 'Don’t Lean On Me', #71 'The Weigh Down'). The other track was 'Drown' by Bring Me The Horizon, which came in at #68.
6. Occasionally You Have To Ride Some Coattails:
17 of the tracks in the top 100 also featured guest vocalists, demonstrating the prominence of genres like electronica and hip hop - which often rely on guest singers - in this year's poll. The Hottest 100 of 2014 also featured three cover songs, three 'Like A Version' entries from Chet Faker, CHVRCHES and Meg Mac, and another Meg Mac cover of Bill Withers' 'Grandma’s Hands'.
7. Hilltop Hoods Are Always The Bridesmaid, Never The Bride:
With 'Cosby Sweater' taking the #3 spot this year, Hilltop Hoods have come in third on the Hottest 100 for a third time, after picking up bronze for 'The Hard Road' in 2006 and 'Chase That Feeling' in 2009. The three-piece also placed three times in this year's countdown, with 'Won't Let You Down' coming in at #36 and 'Walking Under Stars' at #57. Still, all things considered, third place is not a bad result for "the most unfortunately named song of 2014".
8. Solo Artists Are Making Themselves Heard: Last year, the Hottest 100 consisted of 70 percent musical groups and 30 percent solo artists. This year, only 59 percent were groups whilst 41 percent were solo artists, including the likes of Vance Joy, Chet Faker, ZHU, The Kite String Tangle, Lorde and Meg Mac. At least according to the voting public, 2014 was a strong year for solo acts.
9. Sia Is The Leading Lady In A Male-Dominated Hottest 100: This year, Sia was the only female artist to have a song in the top ten, thanks to her runaway hit, 'Chandelier'. Conversely, 2013 saw songs from Lorde, Lana Del Rey and female-fronted groups The Preatures and London Grammar reach the top ten.
Despite a pretty even voter split of 48 percent females and 52 percent males this year, the Hottest 100 remains dominated by male musicians. 13 songs by female acts placed in the Hottest 100 this year, with 19 songs from female-fronted bands and a whopping 68 tracks from male artists.
10. Triple J Is Still Helping Up-And-Comers Get Their Big Break: Despite being seven less than last year, the fact that 35 artists made their debut in the Hottest 100 this year proves that triple j are still more than able to help up-and-coming artists increase their popularity. The 35 debuts this year saw tracks from the likes of Meg Mac, DMA's, Japanese Wallpaper and Tkay Maidza.
This year's countdown also demonstrated that triple j take care of their own, with a number of Unearthed alum finding their way into the Hottest 100. 2013's Unearthed winner Meg Mac was one of the most outstanding performers, landing three tracks in the top 100. Other Hottest 100 artists previously championed by triple j Unearthed include Thelma Plum, Japanese Wallpaper, Tkay Maidza, SAFIA, DZ Deathrays, Hopium, Kingswood as well as Ball Park Music and Sticky Fingers - who each also landed three tracks in the top 100.
11. Spoiler Lists Might Be A Thing Of The Past:
The publics' chances of accurately predicting the final outcome of the Hottest 100 seem more and more slim. This year, the Social Hottest predicted Peking Duk's 'High' to take the top spot, and wasn't very accurate throughout the rest of the list either.
What's more, there appears to be little correlation between the songs triple j plays the most and the songs which claim the top spots in the annual Hottest 100. Although the two most played songs on triple j, according to data compiled by AirCheck, - Peking Duk's 'High' and Future Islands' 'Seasons (Waiting On You)'- did well, neither the equal second, third, fourth or even fifth most played song on triple j in 2014 actually made it into the Hottest 100. Only three other tracks on Aircheck's top 10 list made the cut and all three of those were in the bottom 30, signalling that airplay doesn't necessarily translate to votes.
12. "The World's Biggest Musical Democracy" Isn't Really That Democratic After All:
While they reserve the right to determine the parameters of their own poll, some of the reasons triple j outlined in their Buzzfeed-style listicle of why they decided to exclude Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' seem to defy their "democratic" mantra.
According to the station, had the votes for 'Shake It Off' been counted it would have nabbed the number 12 position, knocking Tkay Maizda out of the top 100. "You know what that would be? It’d be a travesty," wrote triple j. So effectively, you can vote for whoever you like but you can't be certain each vote will count.
- Royal Blood place three times with Ten Tonne Skeleton #117 Figure It Out #105 Little Monster #102
- Broods place twice with Never Gonna Change #174 and L.A.F #107
- Ásgeir places twice with Stolen Dance (Like A Version) #167 Going Home #108 and Torrent #106
- Milky Chance place twice with Down By The River #194 and Stunner #114
- The Preatures place twice with Better Than It Ever Could Be #143 and Ordinary#120
- The Kooks place twice with Down #169 and Forgive & Forget #126
- Chet Faker places twice with To Me #161 and Cigarettes & Loneliness #152
- Foster The People place three times with Best Friend #164 Are You What You Want To Be #154 and Coming Of Age #110
- Sticky Fingers place five times with Dreamland #189 If You Go #156 Land Of Pleasure (Feat. Jesse Davidson) #140 and Rum Rage #124
- In Hearts Wake place twice with Earthwalker #182 and Divine #175
- Five tracks from Like A Version sessions have appeared on the list
- Angus & Julia Stone place two times with A Heartbreak #190 and Get Home #163
- The Amity Affliction place four times with F.M.L. #186 Lost & Fading #177 Give It All #166 and Death’s Hand #158
Triple J Hottest 200 2014 Countdown (Updated Live)
101. Golden Features – Tell Me
102. Royal Blood – Little Monster
103. Calvin Harris – Pray to God (Feat. Haim)
104. #1 Dads – So Soldier (Feat. Ainslie Wills)
105. Royal Blood – Figure It Out
106. Ásgeir – Torrent
107. Broods – L.A.F
108. Ásgeir – Going Home
109. Fences – Arrows (Feat. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis)
110. Foster The People – Coming Of Age
111. Catfish and the Bottlemen – Cocoon
112. The Smith Street Band – I Don’t Wanna Die
113. Ball Park Music – Cocaine Lion
114. Milky Chance – Stunner
115. RL Grime & What So Not – Tell Me
116. Bon Iver – Heavenly Father
117. Royal Blood – Ten Tonne Skeleton
118. Watermät – Bullit
119. Vic Mensa – Down On My Luck
120. The Preatures – Ordinary
121. The Black Keys – Fever
122. George Maple – Talk Talk
123. Dustin Tebbutt – Bones
124. Sticky Fingers – Rum Rage
125. Cold war Kids – All This Could Be Yours
126. The Kooks – Forgive & Forget
127. Todd Terje – Inspector Norse
128. The Peep Tempel – Carol
129. Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
130. The Jezabels – Look Of Love
131. Art vs Science – Create//Destroy
132. Interpol – All The Rage Back Home
133. Husky – I’m Not Coming Back
134. One day – Leave Your Windows Open
135. ScHoolboy Q – Break The Bank
136. Dan Sultan – The Same Man
137. Willow Beats – Merewif
138. Megan Washington – My Heart Is A Wheel
139. ZHU – Paradise Awaits
140. Sticky Fingers – Land Of Pleasure (Feat. Jesse Davidson)
141. John Butler Trio – Happy (Like A Version)
142. 360 – Price Of Fame (Feat. Gossling)
143. The Preatures – Better Than It Ever Could Be
144. Porter Robinson – Flicker
145. Saskwatch – Born to Break Your Heart
146. Japanese Wallpaper – Breathe In
147. Glass Animals – Pools
148. Major Lazer – Aerosol Can
149. BANKS – Brain
150. Chet Faker – Cigarettes & Loneliness
151. Mark Ronson – Daffodils (feat. Kevin Parker)
152. Karnivool – Hey Now (Like A Version)
153. Modern Baseball – Your Graduation
154. Foster The People – Are You What You Want To Be
155. Tiga – Bugatti (Feat. Pusha T)
156. Sticky Fingers – If You Go
157. Hilltop Hoods – The Art Of The Handshake
158. The Amity Affliction – Death’s Hand
159. Deadmau5 – Seeya (Feat. Colleen D’Agostino)
160. Mansionair – Hold Me Down
161. Chet Faker – To Me
162. Kasabian – Eez-Eh
163. Angus & Julia Stone – Get Home
164. Foster The People – Best Friend
165. Alex Turner – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards (Like A Version)
166. The Amity Affliction – Give It All
167. Ásgeir – Stolen Dance (Like A Version)
168. Airling – Wasted Pilots
169. The Kooks – Down
170. James Vincent McMorrow – West Coat (Like A Version)
171. Grimes – Go (Feat. Blood Diamonds)
172. Sky Ferreira – I Blame Myself
173. ODESZA – Memories That You Call (Feat. Monsoonsiren)
174. Broods – Never Gonna Change
175. In Hearts Wake – Divine
176. Allday – Never Tear Us Apart (Like A Version)
177. The Amity Affliction – Lost & Fading
178. Sia – Burn The Pages
179. SAFIA – You Are The One
180. Mr Little Jeans – Good Mistake
181. Robert DeLong – Long Way Down
182. In Hearts Wake – Earthwalker
183. Childish Gambino – Telegraph Ave.
184. Matt Corby – What The Devil Has Made
185. Rustie – Attak (Feat. Danny Brown)
186. The Amity Affliction – F.M.L.
187. Northlane – Rot
188. The Presets – Goodbye Future
189. Sticky Fingers – Dreamland
190. Angus & Julia Stone – A Heartbreak
191. Skrillex – Recess (Feat. Kill The Noise/Fatman Scoop/Michael Angelakos)
192. DMA’s – Laced
193. Tkay Maidza – U-Huh
194. Milky Chance – Down By The River
195. Northeast Party House – The Haunted
196. Dune Rats – Dalai Lama, Big Banana, Marijuana
197. L-FRESH The LION – Survive (Feat. MK-1)
198. Nero – Satisfy
199. Raleigh Ritchie – Cuckoo
200. Priory – Weekend