Triple j have wrapped up their annual Hottest 100 countdown, with Flume‘s ‘Say Nothing’ (feat. MAY-A) taking out top spot in the 30th edition of influential poll. Now, with the dust having settled, it’s time to take a look at some of the milestones of this year’s countdown.
Flume became the second artist to top the poll twice, having previously topped the poll with ‘Never Be Like You’ in 2016. Powderfinger are the only other artist to hit #1 twice, with ‘These Days’ and ‘My Happiness’ winning in 1999 and 2000, respectively.
Flume wins the 2022 Hottest 100 with ‘Say Nothing’
Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning bagged #1 as a solo artist in 2005 with his single ‘Wish You Well’. Fanning also featured in this year’s countdown, appearing as a featured artist on Baker Boy’s ‘Wish You Well’ cover, which hit #31.
Hilltop Hoods now hold the record for the most appearances in Hottest 100 history, with 23. The Hoods landed two songs in the 2022 poll, which was enough for them to leapfrog previous record holders Powderfinger and Foo Fighters. With the appearance of ‘TV’ and ‘The 30th’, Billie Eilish is now the female artist with the most entries in countdown history, with a total of 16 entries between 2017 and 2022.
Fremantle indie rockers Spacey Jane appeared six times in this year’s countdown, equalling a record set by Wolfmother in 2005. Three of Spacey Jane’s songs appeared in the top ten, making them the fourth artist (alongside Powderfinger, Chet Faker, and Gang Of Youths in 2003, 2014, and 2017, respectively) to have three songs in the top ten.
Triple j have made note of various other interesting facts this year, including how 10% of songs in the countdown were by First Nations artists. In the station’s first poll, in 1993, only four songs were by First Nations artists.
This year also saw Gorillaz appear at #13 with ‘New Gold’, making frontman Damon Albarn the only artist to feature in both the first and latest countdowns – Albarn appeared at #90 in 1993 with Blur‘s ‘For Tomorrow’. Blur were also represented in the Hottest 200 of 2022, with Baker Boy’s cover of Blur’s ‘Song 2’ hitting #200 in this year’s poll. (The original ‘Song 2’ finished in second place in the Hottest 100 of 1997).
Triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2022: Top Ten
- 10. Joji- Glimpse of Us
- 9. Gang of Youths – in the wake of your leave
- 8. Ball Park Music – Stars In My Eyes
- 7. Lizzo – About Damn Time
- 6. Spacey Jane – Sitting Up
- 5. Spacey Jane – It’s Been A Long Day
- 4. Steve Lacy – Bad Habit
- 3. Spacey Jane – Hardlight
- 2. Eliza Rose & Interplanetary Criminal – B.O.T.A.
- 1. Flume ft. MAY-A – Say Nothing