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The Midway Report: Triple J’s Hottest 100 Of 2018

Written by Emmy Mack on January 27, 2019

Update: Winner of the triple J Hottest 100 of 2018 has been announced

Happy Triple J Hottest 100 Day, kids! The countdown has been underway since midday, and in the immortal words of Mr. Jon Bon Jovi:

Yes, we’ve already reached the halfway check point in the countdown of the most *flame emoji* songs of 2018, which means we’re about to get down to the BUSINESS end.

So before we crack on, let’s take a minute to pause and reflect on all the juicy stats, milestones and surprises of the Hottest 100’s bottom 50!

We already know this year’s countdown features 65 Aussie songs, which is just one short of the record-breaking 66.

Of the first 50 songs in the countdown, 31 are homegrown, meaning the top 50 will contain another 34 true blue Strayan tunes!

Vance JoyRuel and DMA’s have already notched up two songs a piece in the countdown, with Vance’s ‘We’re Going Home’ and ‘Saturday Sun’ coming in at #53 and #54 respectively, 16-year-old sensation Ruel snagging the #87 slot with ‘Younger’ and #89 with ‘Dazed & Confused’ and DMA’s swinging in at #97 with ‘Do I Need You Now?’ and and #60 with ‘The End’.

Elsewhere, Unearthed star G Flip has made her Hottest 100 debut with her breakout hit ‘Killing My Time’ coming in at #62.

Sydney northern beaches surf rockers Lime Cordiale are also Hottest 100 debutantes this year, bagging the #86 position with their track ‘Dirt Cheap’.

Meanwhile, #1 contenders Ocean Alley have already cracked the countdown, coming in at #100 with ‘Happy Sad’.

As those meticulously studying voting trends, like 100 Warm Tunas and The Bean Counter’s 100, have pointed out, this year’s countdown is likely to be a two-horse race with Ocean Alley’s ‘Confidence’ and Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’ leading the charge.

In saying that though, Ruby Fields, Amy Shark, Fisher, Wafia and Dean Lewis also all have pretty good odds of taking out the coveted top spot.

There’s also been a good showing for music on the heavy end of the spectrum so far (way better than last year), with The Amity Affliction’s ‘Ivy (Doomsday)’ coming in at #94, Trophy Eyes’ ‘You Can Count On Me’ at #93 and WWAX’s ‘Labrador’ at #88 so far.

It comes after the J’s revealed that a record number of votes were lodged in the countdown this year.

Catch the Hottest 100 first 50 in full, below, and stay up-to-date with the rest of the countdown at Music Feeds’ live updates page.

Triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2018 (Bottom 50)

51. Baker Boy – Mr La Di Da Di
52. Khalid – Better
53. Vance Joy – We’re Going Home
54. Vance Joy – Saturday Sun
55. Peking Duk – Wasted
56. Halsey – Without Me
57. The Presets – Martini
58. Bene – Soaked
59. Meg Mac – Give Me My Name Back
60. DMA’S – The End

61. Hockey Dad – I Wanna Be Everybody
62. G Flip – Killing My Time
63. BROCKHAMPTON – BOOGIE
64. Middle Kids – Mistake
65. Methyl Ethel – Scream Whole
66. Flight Facilities – Need You (Feat. NÏKA)
67. Anderson .Paak – Tints (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)
68. benny blanco – Eastside (Feat. Halsey/Khalid)
69. The Wombats – Cheetah Tongue
70. Mallrat – UFO (Feat. Allday)

71. Skegss – Smogged Out
72. Nothing But Thieves – What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out (Like A Version)
73. Hockey Dad – Sweet Release
74. King Princess – Pussy Is God
75. Kira Puru – Molotov
76. Polish Club – Clarity
77. CHVRCHES – Miracle
78. Hayden James – Better Together (Feat. Running Touch)
79. Thelma Plum – Clumsy Love
80. Mark Ronson – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (Feat. Miley Cyrus)

81. Jack River – Ballroom
82. Florence + The Machine – Hunger
83. BROCKHAMPTON – 1999 WILDFIRE
84. Tash Sultana – Cigarettes
85. Anderson .Paak – Bubblin’
86. Lime Cordiale – Dirt Cheap
87. Ruel – Younger
88. WAAX – Labrador
89. Ruel – Dazed & Confused (Prod. M-Phazes)
90. Post Malone – Psycho (Feat. Ty Dolla $ign)

91. A$AP Rocky – Sundress
92. Thundamentals – Everybody But You
93. Trophy Eyes – You Can Count On Me
94. The Amity Affliction – Ivy (Doomsday)
95. Arctic Monkeys – Four Out Of Five
96. Odette – Take It To The Heart
97. DMA’S – Do I Need You Now?
98. Kanye West – Ghost Town
99. YUNGBLUD – Polygraph Eyes
100. Ocean Alley – Happy Sad

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