The triple j Hottest 100 number one? “Never Be Like You”, by Flume

Wednesday, 1 February, 2017

In case you missed it, Sydney musician and DJ Flume took out the number one spot in triple j‘s Hottest 100 countdown, with Never Be Like You, a track that features vocals from Canadian singer and songwriter Kai.

Here’s a list of the top one hundred titles, and for completeness, the songs ranked between numbers one hundred and one, and two hundred.

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Remember Feki on Hottest 100 day

Tuesday, 26 January, 2016

It’s Australia Day, and that means the triple j Hottest 100 countdown will soon be underway… in a little over two hours time. Remember is a tune by Brisbane based musician Feki that I heard for the first time last week, and I’m wondering how it’ll fare in the poll. Not long until we find out.

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And ahead of the countdown, some triple j Hottest 100 trivia

Monday, 18 January, 2016

Voting in triple j’s annual Hottest 100 poll of listeners’ favourite tunes of 2015 closes in a few days, and the countdown takes place on Australia Day, 26 January, as per usual.

Until then, take in a little Hottest 100 trivia, as compiled by Sydney based journalist and broadcaster, Patrick Avenell.

It is a strange peculiarity that no act to have come second in an annual Triple J Hottest 100 countdown has gone on to top the chart. In fact, even if you turn back time, no act has come in at #2 having already topped the chart. It is very much a case of musically always being the bridesmaid and never being the bride.

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Breezeblocks and the triple j Hottest 100

Tuesday, 29 January, 2013

Australia Day was also Hottest 100 day, radio station triple j’s annual listener poll of the best music releases – of the more indie/alternative sort, if such labels can still be used – from 2012.

While Macklemore & Ryan Lewis took out the number one spot with Thrift Shop, British indie rockers Alt-J, whose music featured a couple of times in the countdown, came in at number three with their single Breezeblocks.

There’s obviously some love gone wrong going on in the video clip for “Breezeblocks”, but have a go at making sense of its sequence of events.

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“XXXO” by M.I.A. scores number 101 spot in jjj’s Hottest 100

Monday, 14 February, 2011

Los Angeles based London born singer/rapper M.I.A. has taken out the coveted number 101 consolation spot in triple j’s Hottest 100 music poll for 2010, with her track “XXXO” (YouTube).

With the line “cause you’re tweeting me like Tweety Bird on your iPhone”, it is truly a song for the times.

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Bluejuice score the number 101 spot in triple j’s Hottest 100

Monday, 1 February, 2010

Head of the Hawk album cover by Bluejuice

Sydney band Bluejuice claimed what is becoming the increasingly cherished-as-a-consolation-prize number 101 spot in the 2009 triple j Hottest 100, with their single “(Ain’t) Telling The Truth”.

They also featured in the actual Hottest 100 countdown, with their track “Broken Leg” reaching number five.

You can hear both these tracks, plus others, on Bluejuice’s MySpace page.

Update: a list of the songs that ranked between numbers 101 and 200 in this year’s top “100” poll.

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It’s the last few days of voting for the Hottest 100 of all time

Wednesday, 24 June, 2009

Wow, that was quick, or seemed so, voting in the triple j hottest 100 of all time closes this Sunday, 28 June.

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triple j’s Hottest 100 Of All Time, voting opens on 1 June 2009

Thursday, 14 May, 2009

Voting in the much anticipated (if search engine queries into disassociated are anything to go by) triple j Hottest 100 Of All Time (2009) gets underway in a few weeks time, on Monday 1 June.

Unlike the annual Hottest 100 countdowns which are usually broadcast in their entirety each Australia Day, the all time countdown looks like it will be staggered, as it starts on Tuesday 7 July and culminates on Sunday 12 July.

In the meantime let’s get the grunge revival really kicking, and vote in Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” at number one. :)

(Thanks Coffee Girl)

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Five tips for writing a Hottest 100 number one song

Friday, 30 January, 2009

Writing a Triple J Hottest 100 number one song: while your mileage may vary with some tips, making the title more memorable by including it in the chorus is definitely a recipe for success; since 1989 13 songs that do so have reached the top spot:

Songwriters love featuring the song title in the chorus hook, as it makes the song much easier to remember. Simply reading the title in print brings the song to mind, which translates to a stronger response from voters. The Cranberries’ Zombie features a chorus of nothing more than the song’s title being yelped by singer Dolores O’Riordan, Bernard Fanning’s Wish You Well is more polite, ending the chorus with the song title in a manner that almost insists that the listener sing along. In fact, no less than thirteen previous Hottest 100 winners sung the title in the chorus, ranging from the subtle (Powderfinger – My Happiness and Alex Lloyd – Amazing) to the sledgehammer (Dennis Leary – Asshole). Even the dark horses of 2006, Augie March, open the chorus of One Crowded Hour with the title lyric.

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Triple J Hottest 100 Of All Time July 2009

Thursday, 29 January, 2009

During the Australia Day countdown of the Hottest 100 of 2008, Triple J’s music director Richard Kingsmill announced the next Hottest 100 Of All Time poll will take place in July.

Unlike annual Hottest 100 countdowns, where only music released during the current year can be voted for, the field will be wide open for the “all time” 100. The last such countdown was in 1998, and saw Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” top the poll.

As Kingsmill said however, “there’s been a bit of a chance in the landscape”, as you’d expect after almost 11 years, so it will be interesting to see the all time choices of Triple J listeners this time around.

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