NewsWritten by Nastassia Baroni on January 23, 2015
The triple j Hottest 100 2014 countdown is nigh and, as it happens every year, speculation is rampant about which acts will dominate the top end of the poll come Australia Day. To help filter all the chatter, we’ve gone ahead and analysed your Hottest 100 of 2014 frontrunners.
Our analysis has been determined by using a few sources who offered up their poll predictions over the last few weeks. Online bookmakers have been sporadically providing their odds on who will poll best in the countdown, with Peking Duk still holding peak-ing duk position in 2015. Recently Social Hottest 100 shared their predictions of the entire poll’s results, based on voting data collated via social media.
Also taken into account was AirCheck’s data on triple j’s most played songs of the past year, data collected from the Hottest 100 Hypometer which tracks Hottest 100 online chatter and, of course, our own wits.
Throwing a spanner in the works this year is the infamous #Tay4Hottest100 social media push, which aims to get Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off into the list. There is, of course, the push back against it too. Triple j has stayed quiet on how it plans on reacting to the campaign, so whether or not Shake It Off will feature in the countdown remains in question.
UPDATE: Triple J’s Hottest 100 is underway, and Taylor Swift has officially been disqualified.
To make sure you have the one up on your friends before your Australia Day Hottest 100 countdown party rolls around, peruse through our frontrunner predictions below. Triple j’s Hottest 100 2014 countdown commences at midday, Monday, 26th January.
UPDATE: Triple J’s Hottest 100 is underway! Keep up to date with live updates and milestones here.
Gallery: Triple j Hottest 100 of 2014 Frontrunners
Surprisingly, there's only a few international acts who have a solid shot of making the top 20...
Future Islands - Future Islands have topped many best of lists worldwide with their joyful hit 'Seasons (Waiting On You)' and was the second most played song on triple j in 2014, signalling a good chance for the Baltimore act to place high in the poll.
Asgeir - This sweet-sounding Icelandic singer made his rounds during the recent summer festival season, touring his debut album. According to social media data, the 2014 single 'King & Cross' is performing strongly.
Mark Ronson - A late entry and a real threat to the frontrunners, Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars’ funky hit 'Uptown Funk' should storm up the chart to take a strong position.
Milky Chance - This German duo stole Australian hearts with their sleepy track 'Stolen Dance', taken from their debut album, which has strong odds to crack the top ten. If nothing else, it’s a good track for synchronised festival dancing.
Glass Animals - These English indie rockers made quite an impact with Australian audiences in 2014 with their debut album 'Zaba'. They might face the vote-splitting curse too though across a couple of tracks including 'Gooey', 'Pools' and their Like A Version cover of Kanye West’s 'Love Lockdown'.
ZHU - The enigmatic Listen Out standout act ZHU is in a strong position to crack the Hottest 100 top 20 with 'Faded', which enjoyed ample triple j airplay.
Run The Jewels - Their second album is getting a lot of love internationally, along with substantial triple j airplay. El-P and Killer Mike’s epic Zack De La Rocha-featuring track 'Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)' is a favourite to make the poll.
alt-j - These guys are another contender that might see their votes split across various tracks from 2014’s ‘This Is All Yours’. ‘Every Other Freckle’ looks likely to land high on the list, but votes could also go to 'Left Hand Free' and the Miley Cyrus-sampling 'Hunger Of The Pine'.
Taylor Swift - triple j have now officially excluded Taylor Swift from this year's countdown. More info on the front page of our site.
Australian acts have done very well this year, making up 18 of the top 100 selling singles this year. Here's who's in with a chance at the Hottest 100 top 20...
Sticky Fingers - If they’re selling out tours they haven’t even had a chance to announce, it’s fair to assume the voting public are pretty chuffed with what Sticky Fingers have to offer. 2014’s 'Land of Pleasure' track 'Gold Snafu' is a fan favourite.
The Griswolds - Behind Taylor Swift, The Griswolds’ 2014 song 'Beware The Dog' is the most talked about track on social media in relation to the Hottest 100, signalling potential votes. They’re in for a shot at the top ten according to bookies too.
Vance Joy - He won the Hottest 100 last year with 'Rip Tide' and will probably poll highly again with his 2014 love song 'Mess Is Mine', taken from his debut studio album 'Dream Your Life Away'.
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Chet Faker - His 2014 debut album 'Built on Glass' spawned many loved tracks, which may just work against his chances in scoring top place if the votes are split. 'Talk Is Cheap' is still high up there with a chance for the top stop according to bookies. Faker’s tracks '1998' and 'Gold' are also expected to chart well, within the top 20.
Hilltop Hoods - They might have “the most unfortunately named song of 2014” but the chances of 'Cosby Sweater' finishing high on the Hottest 100 poll remain very good. Anyone who caught their epic, guest-filled rendition at Beat The Drum last week will surely agree.
Illy - Illy should make a showing with his 2014 ear worm single 'Tightrope', (Ft. Scarlett Stevens).
Peking Duk - These guys are still the front runners to take the top spot with their track 'High' (Ft. Nicole Millar). Not only was it the most played song on triple j in 2014, it’s also the bookies favourite and the song predicted to take first place based on social media votes.
Sia - She’s winning both national and international awards for her 2014 single 'Chandelier', no doubt helped along by its music video, and Sia’s in for a chance to score high in the triple j poll. Perhaps those enamoured by her evocative 'Elastic Heart' video may even throw some votes that way.
Amity Affliction - Despite splitting with guitarist Troy Brady in 2014, it was still a good year for The Amity Affliction. Their track 'Pittsburgh' cracked the ARIA top 40 and looks likely to score well in the Hottest 100.
Art Vs. Science - Aussie electro-house trio Art Vs. Science’s 2014 single 'Create / Destroy' was tied as the second most played song on triple j in 2014 and got a lot of love from listeners. Hopefully that translates into votes.
Flight Facilities - 2014 was a big year for Flight Facilities, who took on national and world tour amidst dropping their debut studio, which featured a bunch of surprise collaborations. Their sunny track 'Sunshine' feat. Reggie Watts is a favourite.
The Presets - Australian mainstays The Presets had the fourth most played track on triple j in 2014 with 'Goodbye Future'. That coupled with their set at Beat The Drum should bode well for their chances in a high Hottest 100 place.