This year’s Hottest 100 the biggest yet
THE ballots have been cast and in less than 24 hours, the Triple J Hottest 100 - the world's biggest music poll - will begin its countdown of the year's biggest songs.
Like last year, the countdown will take place on January 27 from 11am Queensland time. A record 2,758,584 votes were lodged for this year's Hottest 100 - a 15 per cent increase on last year - and Triple J have revealed 65 of the songs featured in this countdown are by Australian artists.
According to Ladbrokes, Confidence, by Sydney rock band Ocean Alley, is the unbeatable favourite to take out the top spot in this year's Hottest 100, with Losing It, by Los Angeles-based Australian house producer Fisher and This is America, by US rapper Childish Gambino, the next most favoured.
Sydney indie-rocker Ruby Fields is currently tipped to take the No. 4 spot for her song Dinosaurs, and Gold Coast singer-songwriter Amy Shark, whose career skyrocketed after her song adore came in at No. 2 in the poll in 2016, looks set to land a top-five placing for her ARIA-winning single I Said Hi.
"I'm very proud of Love Monster and I guess I poured everything into that and didn't look up for too long, so when it comes to the end of the year and promoting this body of work, it's nice to get a little pat on the back, even just to get the nods," Shark told The Courier-Mail late last year.
Plenty of other Sunshine State artists are in contention to score a spot in this year's countdown, with Brisbane-based electro-pop artist Wafia expected to place in the upper reaches of the chart for I'm Good and fellow Brisbane artist Mallrat is also on track for a top-10 finish for her song Groceries.
DZ Deathrays are also expected to poll well for their song Like People, as are Brisbane band WAAX for Labrador. Holy Holy, which features Brisbane singer-songwriter Timothy Carroll, are also in with a shot for Faces, and Tia Gostelow and Sahara Beck are a chance for Here We Go Again and Strangers, respectively.
When The Courier-Mail caught up with Gostelow recently, she said she was "trying not to think about it".
"This year I kind of have a feeling Strangers could get in it but I'm trying not to set any expectations for myself because I don't want to be disappointed if it doesn't," she said.
WHAT'S THE FREQUENCY?
For those in the Greater Brisbane area, Triple J can be found right of the dial, at 107.7. Regional Queensland listeners can also tune in to Triple J on the following frequencies:
Gold Coast: 97.7FM, Sunshine Coast 107.7FM or 89.5FM, Hervey Bay 99.3FM, Cairns 107.5FM (Cairns North 93.9FM), Rockhampton 104.7FM, Townsville 105.5FM (Townsville North 97.5FM), Mount Isa 104.1FM and Airlie Beach (Mackay) 99.5FM.
Twenty-one artists will appear in the countdown for the first time this year, and 31 of the artists were first heard on Triple J Unearthed, including five tracks that were uploaded to the Unearthed site this year.
Two of the artists featured on the poll will have back-to-back songs, and eight artists will be appearing for the third year in a row.
Twenty-nine per cent of votes were lodged from NSW, followed by Victoria with 23 per cent, Queensland with 19 per cent, Western Australian (8 per cent), South Australia (8 per cent), overseas voters (5 per cent), ACT and Tasmania (3 per cent each) and the Northern Territory with one per cent.
The most common age of voters this year was 18 years old, with more than 80 per cent of the voters under the age of 30. Fifty-three per cent of votes were lodged by females, with 45 per cent from males and 2 per cent "non-binary, other or no answer".
WHERE ARE THE PARTIES?
One of the biggest Hottest 100 parties will be held at Brisbane Venue The Triffid, which is promoting what it calls a "Hottest 100 BBQ" all weekend, with live entertainment on Saturday and the countdown playing in the beer garden on Sunday. It's free entry and there will be a Bunnings-style barbecue, which presumably means a snag on some bread. West End's Melbourne Hotel, The Caxton, The Pineapple Hotel at Kangaroo Point, The Substation Bar at the Breakfast Creek Hotel, Bar 823 at Everton Park, Yeronga Football Club and 152 Oxford St at Bulimba are also hosting listening parties, according to Triple J's website. Further afield, Spring Lake Hotel at Springfield, Maroochydore's Sands Tavern, Noosa's Reef Hotel, Coolum Beach Hotel, Mermaid Beach Tavern, Labrador AFL Club, Rockhampton's O'Dowd's Irish Pub and the Pato, Beaches Backpackers at Airlie Beach and McGuires at Mackay will also be hosting parties.
OUR PICKS FOR THIS YEAR'S HOTTEST 100
Courtney Barnett - Nameless, Faceless
An Horse - Get Out Somehow
Amy Shark - I Got You
Sahara Beck - Here We Go Again
Tia Gostelow - Strangers (Ft LANKS)
Tiny Little Houses - Short Hair
DZ Deathrays - Like People
Emma Louise - Wish You Well
Gurrumul - Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow)
Jaguar Jonze - You Got Left Behind
CHVRCHES - Miracle
Broods - Peach
Childish Gambino - This is America
Eves Karydas - Further Than The Planes Fly
Lily Allen - Trigger Bang (Ft Giggs)
Anfa Rose - All I Need (Ft Manu Crook$)
Mallrat - Groceries
Golden features - Falling Out
Cub Sport - Sometimes
Hayden James - Better Together (Ft Running Touch)
Chance the Rapper - Work Out
Ocean Alley - Baby Come Back (Like a Version)
The Beths - Future Me Hates Me
Kwame - No Time
B Wise - The Key
Ball Park Music - The End Times
Skegss - Smogged Out
Good Doogs - Want That
Bakers Eddy - Leave it To Me
Dominic Fike - 3 Nights