NewsWritten by Nastassia Baroni on January 26, 2015
UPDATE: The Hottest 100 of 2014 winner has been announced!
We’re 53 songs in with 47 more to be revealed in triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2014 countdown and so far Australian acts are dominating with acts like Vance Joy, Kingswood, Ball Park Music, The Amity Affliction, Thundamentals and Sticky Fingers all charting twice already.
This year triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2014 recorded over 2 million votes, the most ever received in the poll’s history. At the half-way point, Australian artists are in fact responsible for 31 out of the top 50 songs in the countdown.
Before kicking off today, triple j finally responded to the the contentious #Tay4Hottest100 campaign and revealed once and for all that Taylor Swift will not be included in the Hottest 100 of 2014 countdown.
The announcement was made on air by presenter Lewi McKirdy and listeners were directed to a new website – triplejfeed.com – which, as a direct jab at Buzzfeed (who spearheaded the #Tay4Hottest100 campaign) features a listicle titled ‘8 Hilarious But Totally True Reasons You Won’t Hear “Shake It Off” In The Hottest 100′. Read a rundown of their reasons here.
Interestingly, 2014’s triple j Unearthed High winner, Japanese Wallpaper officially made his Hottest 100 debut making it in at number 97. Earlier this week, it was predicted by the people behind the Social Hottest 100 that the young musician would be pushed out of the top 100 if Swift did in fact make the cut.
Frontrunners Chet Faker and Peking Duk have yet to make an appearance but are likely to start stacking numbers in the top end of the list.
Keep track of the full Hottest 100 list on our Live Updates page and check out the top 50 below.
Gallery: triple j Hottest 100 2014: The 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.
Triple J Hottest 100 2014 – Halfway List
47. Lorde – Tennis Court (Flume Remix)
48. DMA’s – Delete
49. TV On The Radio – Happy Idiot
50. Vance Joy – First Time
51. Courtney Barnett – Pickles From The Jar
52. Flight Facilities – Sunshine (Feat. Reggie Watts)
53. Kendrick Lamar – i
54. CHVRCHES – Do I Wanna Know? (Like A Version 2014)
55. Caribou – Can’t do Without You
56. Kingswood – I Can Feel That You Don’t Love Me
57. Hilltop Hoods – Walking Under Stars
58. Ball Park Music – Everything Is Shit
59. Röyksopp – Monument
60. Childish Gambino – Sweatpants
61. Andy Bull – Talk Too Much
62. Angus & Julia Stone – Heart Beats Slow
63. The War On Drugs – Red Eyes
64. The Amity Affliction – Don’t Lean On Me
65. Allday – Right Now
66. clipping. – Work Work (Feat. Cocc Pistol Cree)
67. Jungle – Busy Earnin’
68. Bring Me The Horizon – Drown
69. The Smith Street Band – Surrender
70. ODD MOB – Is It A Banger?
71. The Amity Affliction – The Weigh Down
72. Run The Jewels – Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck) (Feat. Zack De La Rocha)
73. Röyksopp & Robyn – Do It Again
74. Duke Dumont – I Got U (Feat. Jax Jones)
75. 360 – Live It Up
76. Kingswood – Micro Wars
77. Highasakite – Since Last Wednesday
78. Thundamentals – Quit Your Job
79. Jack White – Lazaretto
80. Rise Against – I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore
81. The Avener – Fade Out Lines
82. Hopium – Dreamers (Feat. Phoebe Lou)
83. British India – Wrong Direction
84. Foo Fighters – Something From Nothing
85. CHVRCHES – Get Away
86. Sticky Fingers – Just For You
87. Briggs – Bad Apples
88. DZ Deathrays – Gina Works At Hearts
89. Cold War Kids – First
90. Thundamentals – Got Love (Feat. Solo)
91, Meg Mac – Bridges (Like A Version 2014)
92. One Day – Love Me Less
93. Vance Joy – Georgia
94. Sticky Fingers – Liquorlip Loaded Gun
95. Thelma Plum – How Much Does Your Love Cost?
96. SAFIA – Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds
97. Japanese Wallpaper – Between Friends (Feat. Jesse Davidson)
98. Bombay Bicycle Club – Luna
99. Ball Park Music – Trippin’ The Light Fantastic
100. Tkay Maidza – Switch Lanes (Prod. Paces)