The winner of triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2014 has been announced as Chet Faker who has nabbed the coveted top spot with Talk Is Cheap.
Just behind in second place was Canberra duo Peking Duk with their track High (ft. Nicole Millar) while third place was secured by Hilltop Hoods with Cosby Sweater.
As expected, Chet Faker fared very well in the top end of the Hottest 100 and managed to edge-out favourites Peking Duk with his Built On Glass single. Faker also secured back-to-back 7th and 8th place with Gold and 1998 respectively, as well as the 21st spot with his Like A Version cover of Sonia Dada’s (Lover) You Don’t Treat Me No Good.
Peking Duk has been a hot favourite for the last few weeks, with outlets like online bookmakers and new player in the spoilers game Social Hottest 100 incorrectly predicting they would be crowned the Hottest 100 Of 2014 winner with 2014’s High which was the most played song on triple j in 2014. Peking Duk made another appearance in the top end with the SAFIA-featuring Take Me Over landing at #5.
Hilltop Hoods may have had the “most unfortunately named song of 2014”, but Cosby Sweater still landed in the top three. The Hoods also appeared at #36 with Won’t Let You Down and as #57 with Walking Under Stars.
Iceland’s Asgeir kicked off the top ten with King And Cross, followed by Sia’s Chandelier. Mark Ronson’s funk-jam Uptown Funk (ft. Bruno Mars) placed at #6 and Milky Chance took fourth place with Stolen Dance. The German duo also placed at #44 with Flashed Junk Mind.
Just missing out on the top ten was Listen Out 2014 standout act ZHU with “Faded” coming in at #11.
This year triple j’s Hottest 100 recorded over 2 million votes, the most ever in the poll’s history. Australian acts performed outstandingly well and were responsible for a record 59 tracks out of the top 100. Many of those songs were doubles for certain locals acts who landed in the top 100 on multiple occasions.
Last year’s Hottest 100 winner Vance Joy had another strong year, landing in the 2014 poll three times at #13 with Mess Is Mine, #93 with Georgia and #50 with First Time. Blue Mountains trio Thundamentals also made it in three times as did Gympie hardcore act The Amity Affliction, Ball Park Music, and Sticky Fingers.
Many Australian acts also made their Hottest 100 debut. Meg Mac made her way into the countdown three times with Roll Up Your Sleeves at #24, her Like A Version cover of Broods’ Bridges at #91 as well as her cover of Bill Withers’ Grandma’s Hands which placed at #46.
Triple j’s 2014 Unearthed High winner Japanese Wallpaper capped off a big year by making it into the top 100 at #97 with Between Friends. Melbourne’s The Smith Street Band also made their first ever Hottest 100 appearance at #69 with Surrender, while acts like Alison Wonderland, DMA’s and Tkay Maidza also made first time appearances.
Someone who didn’t feature on the countdown was Taylor Swift, despite a controversial social media campaign to get her in there perpetuated by the hashtag #Tay4Hottest100. Having stayed tight lipped on the issue over the last few weeks, triple j finally revealed today that Taylor Swift will not be included in their Hottest 100 of 2014.
Triple j explained their reasons on a new website, triplejfeed.com, which features just one listicle titled ‘8 Hilarious But Totally True Reasons You Won’t Hear “Shake It Off” In The Hottest 100′. The list is a direct jab at Buzzfeed, who spearheaded the #Tay4Hottest100 campaign.