Opinions on which song should take out the top spot in triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2014 are mixed as ever, and predictions about the results of the annual poll have already began to roll in. Now, official statistics have been released that show the station’s most played songs of the past year, further shedding light on the tracks that might find themselves in the traditional Australia Day countdown. Not surprisingly, Taylor Swift is nowhere to be seen.
The data compiled by AirCheck, via Fairfax, reveals that current Hottest 100 favourites Peking Duk commanded the most airtime on triple j in 2014, with their track High featuring Nicole Millar landing 225 spins on the station between January 27th 2014 and January 18th 2015.
The Peking Duk song is trailed by a tied Seasons (Waiting On You) by Future Islands and Art vs. Science’s Create / Destroy which gained 185 spins a piece. In fourth place is The Presets and their 2014 song Goodbye Future which was played 181 times and Wave Racer’s Streamers rounds out the top five with 176 spins.
AirCheck monitors music and commercials on more than 50 radio stations across Australia and based its results on Sydney’s triple j frequency 105.7FM. Although delayed in some cities, triple j broadcasts the same content nationally. According to Fairfax, half of the 10 most-played songs and 58 of the top 100, were by Australian artists.
The data also notes that commercial radio crossover tracks like Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk, for example, was not among the 100 most-spun tracks on the station. Interestingly, another favourite to win the Hottest 100, Chet Faker’s Talk is Cheap was ranked as the 56th most-played song on the station with 141 spins, alongside Lorde’s Yellow Flicker Beat.
Taylor Swift and her 2014 hit Shake it Off is no-where to be found on the list. Fans of Swift are currently pushing for Shake It Off to win the Hottest 100 with the social media campaign #Tay4Hottest100, despite it never actually being played on triple j.
Twitter user Social Hottest 100 collated data which suggested Swift’s hit could fall at #76 on the Australia Day countdown, though the track’s eligibility for the poll is currently in question, thanks to the actions of a certain fast food chain.
See triple j’s ten most-played songs of 2014 below.
Watch: Peking Duk ft. Nicole Millar – High
triple j’s 10 most-played songs from January 27th 2014 to January 18th 2015
1. High – Peking Duk ft. Nicole Millar (225 spins)
=2. Seasons (Waiting On You) – Future Islands (185 spins)
=2. Create / Destroy – Art vs. Science (185 spins)
4. Goodbye Future – The Presets (181 spins)
5. Streamers – Wave Racer (176 spins)
6. Fall In Love – Phantogram (173 spins)
=7. Luna – Bombay Bicycle Club (168 spins)
=7. How Much Does Your Love Cost? Thelma Plum (168 spins)
=7. I Got U – Duke Dumont ft. Jax Jones (168 spins)
10. Cannibal – Silversun Pickups (167 spins)