NewsWritten by Music Feeds on January 29, 2017
UPDATE 28/01/18: Hottest 200 of 2017 Coundown has started (live updates)
For anyone disappointed about not hearing their favourite tracks on this week’s triple j Hottest 100, today the station will broadcast its second Hottest 100, or the Hottest 200, featuring the next bundle of tracks which just narrowly missed out on a spot in the annual Hottest 100 poll.
From 10am AEDT, triple j will count down the #200 to the #101 hottest songs of 2016, revealing which tracks came behind the Hottest 100’s #100 song this year, ‘Brace’ by Birds of Tokyo.
Australian artists made it big in this year’s Hottest 100, with a record 66 artists making up the list. Violent Soho claimed the most tracks in the poll, charting five times, while eventual Hottest 100 winner Flume charted four times.
The Hottest 200 has become just as well-received as the main countdown in recent years, with fans curious to find out where there votes have ended up. It is also seen as a chance to discover some hidden gems after weeding out some of the more popular songs.
Last year’s second countdown gave us Daniel Johns’ ‘Preach’ and Mac DeMarco’s ‘The Way You’d Love Her’ as the two top listed tracks to just miss out on the Hottest 100.
We’ll be updating the Second Hottest 100 list as it gets announced on triple j from 10am AEDT today. Stay tuned to Music Feeds for all the latest additions.
Hottest 200 of 2016 Countdown (Updated Live)
- 101. Trophy Eyes – Chlorine
- 102. Bon Iver – 33 “GOD”
- 103. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – People-Vultures
- 104. Chance The Rapper – No Problem (Feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)
- 105. Drapht – Don Quixote
- 106. Allday – Sides
- 107. Kaytranada – Glowed Up (Feat. Anderson .Paak)
- 108. Nick Murphy – Stop Me
- 109. Sticky Fingers – One By One
- 110. The Hard Aches – Glad You’re Gone
- 111. Jack Garratt – Surprise Yoursefl
- 112. Lisa Mitchell – The Boys
- 113. Frank Ocean – Ivy
- 114. DMA’s – Too Soon
- 115. Montaigne – Till It Kills Me
- 116. Kanye West – Real Friends
- 117. Emma Louise – Illuminate
- 118. Sarah Blasko – Life On Mars (Like A Version)
- 119. Phatogram – You Don’t Get Me High Anymore
- 120. The Cat Empire – Bulls
- 121. San Cisco – SloMo
- 122. Mura Masa – What If I Go? (Feat. Bonzai)
- 123. Grouplove – Welcome To Your Life
- 124. Client Liaison – Off White Limousine
- 125. Hayden James – Just A Lover
- 126. Camp Cope – Done
- 127. Luca Brasi – How To Make Gravy (Like A Version)
- 128. BABYMETAL – Karate
- 129. Just A Gent – Rolling Dice (Feat. Ella Vos & Joey Chavez)
- 130. Slumberjack – RA
- 131. Skepta – Man
- 132. Matt Corby – Knife Edge
- 133. Tourist – Run
- 134. D.D Dumbo – Brother
- 135. Gretta Ray – Unwind
- 136. Hellions – Quality Of Life
- 137. The Temper Trap – Fall Together
- 138. A Day To Remember – Paranoia
- 139. K.Flay – Blood In The Cut
- 140. Rudimental – Healing
- 141. Ball Park Music – Nihilist Party Anthem
- 142. Elk Road & Lisa Mitchell – Crave You (Like A Version)
- 143. Ball Park Music – Whipping Boy
- 144. The Naked And Famous – Higher
- 145. The Bennies – Detroit Rock Ciggies
- 146. Gang Of Youths – Native Tongue
- 147. Northeast Party House – For You
- 148. M-Phazes x Alison Wonderland – Messiah
- 149. RÜFÜS – Brighter
- 150. Rae Sremmurd – Black Beatles (Feat. Gucci Mane)
- 151. Beyoncé – Freedom (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)
- 152. Cub Sport – Ultralight Beam (Like A Version)
- 153. Hellions – Thresher
- 154. HONNE & Izzy Bizu – Someone That Loves You
- 155. DZ Deathrays – Blood On My Leather
- 156. Ball Park Music – Leef
- 157. AlunaGeorge – I Remember
- 158. Anderson .Paak – Come Down
- 159. What So Not & GANZ – Lone (Feat. JOY.)
- 160. The Temper Trap – Thick As Thieves
- 161. Matt Corby – Chains (Like A Version)
- 162. Flume – Numb & Getting Colder (Feat. Kučka)
- 163. Porter Robinson & Madeon – Shelter
- 164. Hands Like Houses – Colourblind
- 165. Action Bronson, Mark Ronson & Dan Auerbach – Standing In The Rain
- 166. David Bowie – Lazarus
- 167. RL Grime, What So Not & Skrillex – Waiting
- 168. Thundamentals – Never Say Never
- 169. Camp Cope – Jet Fuel Can’t Melt Steel Beams
- 170. Skegss – Spring Has Sprung
- 171. RÜFÜS – Be With You
- 172. A.B. Original – 2 Black 2 Strong
- 173. Maggie Rogers – Dog Years
- 174. Northlane & In Hearts Wake – Refuge
- 175. Matt Corby – Sooth Lady Love
- 176. Drake – Fake Love
- 177. Sticky Fingers – Angel
- 178. Luke Million – Stranger Things Theme
- 179. Vera Blue – Breathe Life (Like A Version)
- 180. Sticky Fingers – Flight 101
- 181. Sticky Fingers – Westway
- 182. PUP – DVP
- 183. Sticky Fingers – Something Strange (feat. Remi)
- 184. Hockey Dad – A Night Out With
- 185. Bad//Dreems – Mob Rule
- 186. REMI – For Good (Feat. Sampa The Great)
- 187. Parkway Drive – Devil’s Calling
- 188. Travis Scott – Goosebumps
- 189. Beyoncé – Sorry
- 190. James Blake – I Need A Forest Fire (Feat. Bon Iver)
- 191. Disclosure – BOSS
- 192. AURORA – Conqueror
- 193. Flume – Take A Chance (Feat. Little Dragon)
- 194. British India – I Thought We Knew Each Other
- 195. Anne-Marie – Alarm
- 196. Montaigne – What You Mean To Me
- 197. Broods – Couldn’t Believe
- 198. Chance The Rapper – Same Drugs
- 199. Mansionair – Easier
- 200. Running Touch – Aubrey
Gallery: 15 Things The 2015 Hottest 100 Taught Us About Ourselves
The urge to vote remains strong:
After a record-breaking number of votes were lodged last year (2,099,707), participation in this year's Hottest 100 has stayed relatively consistent, with 2,094,350 votes being cast by music fans in 172 countries around the world. Democracy does work!
Aussies love Aussie music:
The 2015 Hottest 100 marks the 3rd consecutive year that a homegrown artist has taken out the top spot. The Rubens bagged the number #1 position this year with Hoops, following Chet Faker in 2014 and Vance Joy the year before.
Not to mention we also saw multiple entries in the countdown from several other Aussie artists, with Tame Impala and Courtney Barnett nabbing four songs apiece to dominate 8% of the list.
Altogether, 54/100 songs in the Hottest 100 were brought to us by true blue fair dinkum Straya'n artists.
Underdogs really can conquer the odds:
Just like Rocky Balboa, The Karate Kid, The Mighty Ducks and Frodo Baggins before them, The Rubens claimed the 2015 Hottest 100 crown against all the odds.
Flying in the face of the statistical 'Swarm Theory' - which posits that artists who have multiple songs in the countdown are more likely to take out the top spot - the Menangle-bred indie rockers became only the third act in Hottest 100 history to take out the #1 position without having any of their other songs chart in the countdown.
*Cue triumphant Joe Esposito power anthem*
Kendrick Lamar is so hot right now:
Lamar's stock is well and truly on the rise Down Under. The Bluesfest headliner skyrocketed from the #53 position in 2014 with his song i all the way up to #2 this year with his massive hit King Kunta.
Not to mention his other tune Alright - which formed the unofficial anthem for the Black Lives Matter movement over in the States - also seemed to make an impact here in Aus, hitting the countdown at number #37 this year.
Triple J listeners remain immune from Bieber Fever:
Despite a betting company-led campaign to boost the Biebs into the big list - and his tracks What Do You Mean and Where Are U Now with Jack U being hotly tipped by the bookies to chart - the 2015 Hottest 100 remained a Bieber-free zone.
Prior to unveiling the countdown, Triple J also confirmed that zero troll campaigns had been successful in affecting this year's results. However, unlike the great Taylor Swift brouhaha of 2014, the station never announced Bieber's disqualification, meaning that the controversial popstar simply must not have racked up enough votes to chart.
Looks like you win again, taste elitists #Biebs4life
It's still very much a man's world:
Although female representation in the Hottest 100 was up from last year, with 37 songs in total featuring female vocals (made up of 33 songs with lead female vox and four with both female and male vox) compared to 32 in 2014, that's still a whopping 63% of tracks dominated by male artists.
And despite the voter breakdown being fairly evenly split when it comes to gender, with 53% males, 46% females and 1% "other", the only female artists to feature in the list's top 10 were guest vocalists in the form of MØ on Major Lazer and DJ Snake's Lean On and Lorde on Disclosure's Magnets.
Voters followed their animal instincts:
Here's a super fun fact: it turns out that 12 acts to feature in the 2015 Hottest 100 had one wild thing in common: their affinity to the animal kingdom.
Boy & Bear, The Wombats, Peking Duk, Tame Impala, Drake, DJ Snake, Snakehips, Foals, Jai Wolf, Birds of Tokyo, The Cat Empire and Ratatat are all named after little critters.
And, factoring in the multiple songs that some of them scored in the list, that makes an ani-maniacal 18% of the Hottest 100 this year related to all things feathery, furry or scaly.
...And felt the need for speed:
The average BPM for songs in the countdown rose to an unprecedented 123 BPM this year - a decidedly dancey tempo for a list that used to champion guitar music.
We were also partial to some blasts from the past:
Thanks to the growing trend of hip-hop artists sampling the work of musicians past, Rod Stewart and George Clinton both made cameos in the Hottest 100 of 2015 through A$AP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar, while Macklemore recruited old school rap champ Kool Mo Dee for his tune Downtown, which charted at #18. We also saw the return of The Chemical Brothers - who made their first Hottest 100 appearance in 1996 - with 2015’s Go becoming their 11th ever song to chart.
And two heads were often better than one:
A whopping 24 of the tracks in the Hottest 100 also featured guest vocalists. That's up from 17 last year, and basically forms a bloody quarter of the entire list, demonstrating the prominence of genres like electronica and hip hop (which often rely on guest singers) in this year's poll.
Three such tracks featured in the top 10: Major Lazer & DJ Snake – Lean On (feat. MØ) at #3, Hermitude – The Buzz (Feat. Mataya/Young Tapz) at #8 and Disclosure – Magnets (Feat. Lorde) at #10.
Heavy music still isn't feeling much love:
Heavy rock and metalcore made up only 6% of the countdown this year. And the six heavy songs that did chart were brought to us by just 3 artists. In addition to Bring Me The Horizon (3) and The Amity Affliction (1) - who were also the only two heavy acts to chart last year - Parkway Drive also snagged two entries with Vice Grip coming in at number #58 and Crushed at number #48.
Last year, the highest position that a heavy song received on the chart was The Amity Affliction's Pittsburgh at #22. This year it was the same band with Shine On at #25.
It begs the question: is the problem a lack of airplay on triple j's behalf or a lack of interest on the voting public's behalf?
However, there was a stronger show of support for guitar-based music in general
Compared to last year's top 10, which consisted of pretty much zero artists who routinely rely on electric guitars, this year saw a stronger showing of guitar-based music in general. Not only did indie-rockers The Rubens take out the top spot, the top 10 included two songs from psych-rockers Tame Impala, while homegrown punks Violent Soho came in at #15 with Like Soda. It'd be interesting to see - if jjj did up their support of heavy music this year - whether this Hottest 100 statistic would also change.
The Hottest 100 is very much a reflection of triple j's playlist:
Not only have all of the songs to feature in the Hottest 100's top 10 received high rotation over the past year, there were no tracks to appear in the countdown that haven't been given at least some love on JJJ's flagship station. 30 songs were from artists that were first heard on triple j Unearthed, while 14 songs were from eight previous J Award winning artists. On the flip-side, zero songs from non-triple j supported Australian artists which were equally huge in 2015 (such as the ARIA-chart topping hip-hop artist Kerser's Next Step or fellow number 1-hitting Troye Sivan's WILD) appeared on the list at all.
People are getting better at predicting the results of the Hottest 100:
For the most part, the spoiler lists that we saw floating around the internet in the lead-up to the Hottest 100 countdown were pretty accurate, especially when it came to the top 10.
The Rubens' Hoops (#1), Kendrick Lamar's King Kunta (#2), Major Lazer & DJ Snake's Lean On (feat. MØ) (#3), Tame Impala's The Less I Know The Better (#4) and Let It Happen (#5), and The Weeknd's Can’t Feel My Face (#9) were all hotly tipped by the bookies - and leading Hottest 100 prediction blogs - to chart in the top 10. Which they did.
There's one thing we can all agree on when it comes to Australia Day:
The controversy surrounding the origins of Australia Day and its meaning for our Indigenous Australians seemed to divide the nation more than ever this year. But regardless of the negative connotations that the public holiday holds for many, one thing that seems to bring us all together is the tradition of listening to the Hottest 100.
Through music, and their strategically-timed charity initiatives raising money for indigenous education, triple j continues to give us all something to rally around on a day that tends to divide us.
On ya, legends.