5 things we learned from this year’s Hottest 100
Triple J’s Hottest 100 countdown is over for another year, and here’s what we’ve learned.
1. Flume continues to dominate
Flume’s domination of both commercial and alternative radio is showing no signs of slowing, with the multiple ARIA Award winner taking out number one spot in this year’s countdown.
Never Be Like You (feat. Kai) is the undeniable blockbuster track of the year – and if it felt like you’d heard it 1,000 times before, well, it’s because you have.
Flume, aka Harley Streten, had made a quick stop in his hometown of Sydney so he and his entourage could bask in the Australian sun, and presumably some Hottest 100 glory.
Previous winners of the coveted title have seen their careers launched into the stratosphere, but the 25-year-old megastar is way past that point.
We’re sure it had some sentimental value, though.
2. Beyoncé is a legit contender
And why shouldn’t she be? Her 2016 album Lemonade received high acclaim (and subsequent airplay on the Js), with track Hold Up coming in at number 66 – much to the dismay of a few purists.
Before getting any noses out of joint, it should be noted that RnB artists have featured highly in the past. It’s nothing new.
Queen Bey’s husband Jay-Z has featured in the Hottest 100 no less than four times, and Kanye is a regular. The only difference is probably Beyoncé’s wide appeal and lack of swearing.
Speaking of wide appeal and noses out of joint, let’s not forget Macklemore & Ryan Lewis taking out number one spot in the 2012 countdown with Thrift Shop. (Yes, that happened.)
3. Tash Sultana is going to have a very, very big 2017
If you hadn’t heard of Tash Sultana before the Hottest 100, chances are you were madly googling once you heard the countdown’s number three entry, Jungle.
Despite not yet having an album to her name, Sultana has built a huge following thanks to the many videos she shares via social media – including an irresistible lounge room recording of Jungle.
She’s currently touring with St Jerome’s Laneway Festival so lucky ticket holders will get to experience her stunning guitar jams and unique vocals for themselves, before she sets off on a US tour in mid-February.
4. Australia adores Amy Shark
Hailing from the Gold Coast, Shark uploaded a few tracks to Triple J Unearthed and quickly garnered attention and airplay.
Since being selected as a ‘feature artist’ on Triple J, she’s continued her rise – with her much-loved ballad Adore taking out number two in this year’s countdown.
Shark took to Twitter to tell fans this was the best day of her life, and followed up by announcing an Australian tour.
Her first-ever headline shows will take place this March and April, with some shows already sold out.
Better get in quick – tickets via amyshark.com/tour.
5. We’re still waiting for a female solo artist to be crowned Hottest 100 winner
We came close – so very close. Two solo female acts in the top three is a refreshing state of affairs, showing female artists are not content to wait in the wings.
According to Triple J’s statistical breakdown, women appeared in seven of the top 10 tracks, with Shark and Sultana joined by feature artists Kai, Montaigne, Vera Blue, Tove Lo and Elliphant who contributed key vocals to their tracks.
Thirty-four songs featured acts with at least one woman: 14 female solo artists, 12 female guest vocalists, seven bands with female members, and one all-female band (shoutout to Camp Cope).
Although there’s no denying Flume is a deserving winner this year, it will be a momentous day when we can celebrate a female number one.