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Forum - Other Charts: Australia - Non ARIA - Triple J Hottest 100 2019 - countdown

It is that time again. You might have been shook up by the announcement of the Hottest 100 of the 2010’s happening in March like I have but we have some other business at hand first. Saturday at 12PM AEDST the 2019 countdown will be happening. Just like last year I will be posting the write-ups that will be going along with the 100 songs. Hijinx of course has still written some of them, I wonder if you can tell who wrote what? I hope that myself & jinx will have covered any potential entry, but if not I will be practicing my improvisation skills which should be fun.
#1/50/69/100 and other predictions can go in the other thread: https://australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=59198

If you are not near a radio or you are overseas you can listen here: https://www.abc.net.au/triplej/listen-live/player/

The chat for during the countdown be here: https://us21.chatzy.com/61009173008961

See you there when the time has come. Good luck to everyone’s faves.
less than 10 minutes to go!
poggers
um what
100. Dune Rats - No Plans

But I can admit I'm good to live with it

Considering they managed to get a #1 album by releasing in January last time it is perhaps no surprise that Dune Rats are doing that again this time. No Plans was the lead single from that upcoming third album. It could perhaps surprisingly be considered a more reflective track, certainly by Dune Rats standards at least. It is about their lives in between going on tours and seemingly also about how people respond when they tell them they’re in a band.

Previous entries:
2016Bullshit#33
2016Scott Green#34
20176 Pack#55
2017Braindead#75
I'm usually at a party but at home today and checking it out here....
better start than last year just... this is fine
Agree, I approve of this start.
99. Cosmo’s Midnight - C.U.D.I. (Can U Dig It)

I’m not asking for much

Cosmo’s Midnight released their debut album in 2018 and came fairly close to getting their Hottest 100 debut with Winston Surfshirt collaboration Get To Know. As is somewhat expected from DJ’s they’ve continued to put out singles in 2019. The opus C.U.D.I. was written in the middle of the Australian summer shortly after they played at a festival. The vocals are performed by Pat from Cosmo’s Midnight and three other guys who usually don’t sing doing a very high voice.
yay Can U Dig It <3
98. Baker Boy (feat. JessB) - Meditjin

People listen but they don’t understand. I’m just a brother repping Arnhem Land

Coming after the poppier efforts of his previous 2 2019 singles Meditjin is a bit of a banger. The title meaning ‘medicine’, it is a cool [s]as hell[/s] tribute to the positive effects of music. This might also be a lot of people’s introduction to New Zealand rapper JessB who has a very good verse here. I was kind of surprised that this came out towards the end of November 2019 as it feels like it’s been around longer than that. I guess it has similar energy levels to some previous Baker Boy singles.

Previous entries (Baker Boy):
2017Marryuna (feat. Yirrmal)#17
2017Cloud 9 (feat. KIAN)#76
2018Mr La Di Da Di#51
whatta jam
97. San Cisco - Skin

You say that history never repeats but I guess it rhymes

I don’t think a year is legally allowed to end if there is no San Cisco music released within it. I’m honestly surprised they’ve only released 3 albums. On this non-Flume related Skin, San Cisco continue to go in a more mature direction with their music which started with When I Dream. It is a very lush and tender track musically and I maintain that it sounds a lot like Berlin - Take My Breath Away in the chorus.

Previous entries:
2011Awkward#6
2012Fred Astaire#48
2012Wild Things#53
2013Get Lucky (Like A Version)#39
2014RUN#33
2015Too Much Time Together#49
2017Hey, Did I Do You Wrong?#79
2018When I Dream#48
This was pick on the other thread for #100 so pretty close....
first charter of the day and was worried this would miss out! yay
Skin <3 <3
96. Bring Me The Horizon - Ludens

Do you know why the flowers never bloom?

Bring Me The Horizon started off 2019 with the release of their album ‘amo’ but in what could be seen as a case of recency bias, seemingly their most popular 2019 song in the context of the Hottest 100 is this tune from the soundtrack of the apparently very weird video game Death Stranding. It is a bit heavier than some of their other recent singles. Ludens had to be written and finished within a week but it came out pretty well considering that fact. If I really wanted to fill space I would type out the full name of their recently released project.

Previous entries:
2013Sleepwalking#86
2013Shadow Moses#92
2014Drown#68
2015Throne#45
2015Happy Song#86
2015True Friends#99
2018Mantra#45
welcome back, oli porter bridges
95. Adrian Eagle - A.O.K.

I just wanna live free and fly right through the day

Adrian Eagle first gained notability when 360 shared his cover of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song on social media. He truly broke out in 2018 when his single 17 Again got some triple j airplay and he did the chorus on Hilltop Hoods’ dad anthem Clark Griswold. 2019 also had some good news for him as this song was nominated for an ARIA. Recently none other than Rihanna messaged him on Instagram to compliment his Like A Version which means Rihanna has at least indirectly heard of Ocean Alley.

Previous entry:
2018Clark Griswold (with Hilltop Hoods)#44
94. Allday - Protection

Archangel Michael, protect me from all negative spirits

I'm not sure where the guy who talks near the end is from but it is the main thing I remember about this song.

Previous entries (Allday):
2012So Good (with C1)#91
2014Right Now#35
2014You Always Know The DJ#65
2015Dynamite (with Asta)#47
2017In Motion (feat. Japanese Wallpaper)#42
2018UFO (with Mallrat)#70

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93. Post Malone - Wow.

Said she tired of little money, need a big boy

One of the earliest eligible tracks for the countdown, "Wow." was released on Christmas Eve, priming it to be relatively lost in the shuffle before eventually gaining significant chart traction in 2019. Though you might not immediately think so upon listening, it proved to be a bigger US radio hit than "Sunflower" was just before it. It's also the 2nd closest that Fall Out Boy have ever come to a triple j countdown, after 2007 when "The Take Over, The Break's Over" appeared on the JTV Saturday countdown for a single week.

Previous entries:
2017rockstar (feat. 21 Savage)#24
2018Sunflower (with Swae Lee)#27
2018Better Now#33
2018Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)#90
*exclamation of surprise*
92. Client Liaison - The Real Thing

So when they cut you down praise  the song you sing

Ruel wanted it, Middle Kids asked about it and now I can 100 percent confirm that this is the true genuine Real Thing, it has ‘The’ in the title after all. Client Liaison have arrived here with an upbeat song that contains an uplifting positive message. They’ve self-described it as their poppiest song to date although all of their songs could be described as pop to some extent. I also obviously have to mention the melodic resemblance to Disciples - On My Mind even if that isn’t nearly as funky.

Previous entry:
2016World Of Our Love#35
so much love for The Real Thing, it just missed my vote
91. Billie Eilish - all the good girls go to hell

My Lucifer is lonely

2019 was notable in the ARIA Charts for being the year that so much of our Sheeran establishment has been crumbled. One such specific instance was the week following the release of Billie Eilish's debut album, which resulted in her being the first artist to ever hold 6 positions of the ARIA top 10 simultaneously. One of those 6 tracks was "all the good girls go to hell", giving it a relatively misleading chart peak all across the world for a song that would eventually be made a single to much less concentrated attention. Except of course in the UK because apparently smarter heads prevailed there.

Previous entries:
2017bellyache#38
2018when the party's over#8
2018lovely (with Khalid)#17
2018you should see me in a crown#46
90. Skegss - Here Comes Your Man (Like A Version)

You never wait so long

Skeggs did the Pixies with a bit of The Velvet Underground - Waiting For The Man and it went down pretty well for the triple j audience.

Previous entries:
2017Got On My Skateboard#39
2018Up In The Clouds#11
2018Smogged Out#71

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The original is an all-time classic and I like Skegss but....really???
Such an odd sort of Like A Version to appear in this list, feeling very old by appreciating it just because I recognise the tune
89. Sampa The Great - Final Form

F**k the whole key, we gon' hinge the whole door off

One of the singles from her proper debut album. Sampa The Great has been solidly making a name for herself for a while but 2019 might have truly been her breakout year. Aside from her ARIA win for this song she was nominated for 3 J Awards and won 2 of them. Final Form is wonderfully strung together with a sample from the 1973 track Stay Away From Me by The Sylvers. I remember when I listened to the Denzel Curry Like A Version that my biggest takeaway was that Sampa dropped a pretty cool verse during the performance of Denzel’s original, if I only knew as Tom Jones would say.
Sampa is the sort of artist who I only ever expect to get acclaim but not Hottest 100 entries, so this is the best thing that's happened today.
Agree, best song so far....
88. MEDUZA x Becky Hill x GOODBOYS - Lose Control

Sorry, just quickly. What if it's: ‘’Ah-ah-ah-ah, ah, ah-ah-ah I need your love, ah, I need your love, ah’’

If you have ever been tempted to call MEDUZA another faceless dance act, it's probably because anyone who has confronted them face to face has been turned into stone. Despite any sort of handicap like that, "Piece Of Your Heart" became a massive success, reaching #2 in their native UK, and being the highest selling song of 2019 in Australia to not reach the weekly top 5, while follow up single "Lose Control" reached #11 in both territories. The slow burning success may be a symptom of no one being able to put a name to it, deciphering it is probably not too dissimilar to Piece Of Your Heart's chorus break. This weekend MEDUZA will be vying for the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording, alongside much more established names. This blurb also mentions Becky Hill.
bop!
87. Kanye West - Follow God

that ain't christ like

Huh, this is more popular than Ghost Town I guess. One of the shorter entries in a few years maybe.

Previous entries:
2005Gold Digger (feat. Jamie Foxx)#13
2006Touch The Sky (feat. Lupe Fiasco)#86
2007Stronger#20
2008Love Lockdown#89
2010Runaway (feat. Pusha T)#14
2010Monster (feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver & Nicki Minaj)#88
2011Otis (with Jay-Z feat. Otis Redding)#33
2011Ni**as In Paris (with Jay-Z)#98
2012Clique (feat. Big Sean & Jay-Z)#96
2013Black Skinhead#20
2013Bound 2#59
2016Ultralight Beam#22
2016Famous#72
2018Ghost Town (feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR*)#98
*and absolutely no one else
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Didn't expect this, wooooooooo
HOW DID THIS BEAT GHOST TOWN
How the flying f**k did Final Form only come in at #89?
86. Slipknot - Unsainted

I'm finally holding on to letting go

Uh, they’re those guys with the masks I think? Slipknot released the album We Are Not Your Kind in 2019 and it ended up being one of their most acclaimed releases in quite a while. They could potentially be written into the metaphorical Hottest 100 history books with this song. They have previously only made the countdown in 2000 as you can see below. If they make it in 2019 they will break Paul Kelly’s record of longest time between entries by 3 years and unlike Paul Kelly it’s not with a reworked version of one of their older songs.

Previous entry:
2000Wait and Bleed#75

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The [s]loop[/s] gap has been closed omg! banger
F**K YES!
oh this is great too.
85. Lana Del Rey - Doin' Time

Me and my girl we got this relationship. I love her so bad but she treats me like s**t

Just in time for End Of Decade re-appraisal, Lana Del Rey released her most critically acclaimed album to date, to the point of making the entire music journalism industry pretend that they were actually always behind her. "Norman F**king Rockwell!" is I believe the first UK #1 album to include the f-bomb in it, but incidentally it was Lana's first album to ever miss the #1 position in Australia, partly owing to the unwise timing to release on the same week as Tool. Caught in the middle of the track listing is a random step into '90s bro-dub, with this Sublime cover. It is impossible to exaggerate how jarring this is to hear when you've been familiar with this song in isolation for more than half of your life.

Previous entries:
2011Video Games#6
2012Born To Die#34
2012Summertime Sadness#86
2013Young and Beautiful#7
2014West Coast#32
2015High By The Beach#89
Awesome!! Wasn't expecting this. Overtakes Sampa as best song so far.
84. DOPE LEMON - Hey You

hey you get offa my cloud

Angus Stone released his second album as DOPE LEMON & THIS BEAT UPTOWN FOLKS, ARE YOU SERIOUS?

Previous entries:
2016Marinade#62
2016Uptown Folks#87

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Lana breaking her H100 absence with one of her best ever <3

Wasn't too keen on Hey You but happy for it!
83. Alex Lahey - Welcome To The Black Parade (Like A Version)

Welcome to the black parade where all your darkest fears are gonna come for you

I am probably the last person who should be writing about this. My Chemical Romance were slightly before my time and honestly I’m not totally sure if they were even that big here in The Netherlands. With the original being a fairly dense piece of music there are quite a lot of instruments on this cover. This includes G Flip playing a cymbal which is obviously the instrument she is most famous for playing. It’s probably easy to screw up this song but this version was widely praised including by Gerard Way himself. A few weeks after this cover was performed My Chemical Romance announced their reunion. This is most likely a coincidence but you can never truly know.

Previous entries:
2016You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me#97
2017I Haven't Been Taking Care of Myself#36
2017Every Day's the Weekend#45
I approve any and all MCR.
Original is great and this cover definitely does it justice!
82. Peking Duk & Jack River - Sugar

I wanna feel you on the big nights and the long drives

2019 was the first year since 2014's big breakout that Peking Duk did not score a new ARIA top 50 hit. This wasn't through total lack of trying, as "Sugar" came very close at #54 right at the start of the year. The song is often seen as a throwback specifically to 1999, with comparisons to Len's "Steal My Sunshine", while Adam Hyde himself compared it to Lou Bega & Darude.

Previous entries (Peking Duk):
2014High (feat. Nicole Millar)#2
2014Take Me Over (feat. SAFIA)#5
2015Say My Name (feat. Benjamin Joseph)#30
2016Stranger (feat. Elliphant)#9
2017Fake Magic (with AlunaGeorge)#12
2017Let You Down (feat. Icona Pop)#20
2018Fire#29
2018Wasted#55

Previous entries (Jack River):
2017Fool's Gold#64
2018Ballroom#81

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Let's hope this isn't the only song called 'Sugar' on the countdown
81. Flume (feat. London Grammar) - Let You Know

Life is better still, and I guess somehow you'll just keep on coming back

Helping to rescue them from the peculiar situation of having 3 Hottest 100 entries in one year and no others, Flume did the act of kindness of teaming up with London Grammar, preventing them from being lumped in with one year wonders like Gypsy & The Cat or Eminem. This is not the group's first punt into the world of uncertain feature credits as they also collaborated with Disclosure several years back on similar terms. "Let You Know" brought both artists back to the top 40 after it seemed like Flume's prior mixtape, despite general acclaim, had possibly done to his commercial clout what it did to his Spotify chart history table.

Previous entries (Flume):
2012Holdin On#4
2012Sleepless (feat. Jezzabell Doran)#12
2012On Top (feat. T.Shirt)#67
2013Drop The Game (with Chet Faker)#5
2015Some Minds (feat. Andrew Wyatt)#24
2016Never Be Like You (feat. Kai)#1
2016Say It (feat. Tove Lo)#8
2016Smoke & Retribution (feat. Vince Staples & KUČKA)#37
2016Lose It (feat. Vic Mensa)#95
2017Hyperreal (feat. KUČKA)#90

Previous entries (London Grammar):
2013Strong#10
2013Hey Now#35
2013Wasting My Young Years#61

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Also never going to complain with these two making the list, solid tune!
80. Spacey Jane - Good For You

Little feelings wrapped around my tongue and I can’t pretend I love the way it’s easy to untie

This made me think of the Selena Gomez song of the same name for the first time in quite a while. Spacey Jane were nominated for Unearthed artist of the year at the J Awards. They seemed a bit out of their depth on a list that included someone with a massive international hit, the Unearthed High winner and someone that had already made the Hottest 100 through a Hilltop Hoods collaboration. Nonetheless they seem to have a decently popular single. They have opened for Charly Bliss in the past which means I have to like them obviously.
Another pleasant surprise....
79. Dean Lewis - Stay Awake

Cause they say the bigger the love, the harder the fall

Released as a single right before the release of his debut album, Stay Awake is about desperately trying to hold on in a relationship but realizing that it probably won’t work out. Maybe his most notable song internationally aside from Be Alright and his Martin Garrix collab as it has a surely legit #100 peak on the UK chart. A different song on the Dean Lewis album features the lyric ‘I don't want to wake you up right now’. Truly he is a man of many multitudes.

Previous entries:
2018Be Alright#6
Even though I didn't vote for them this time, I'm very glad to see London Grammar back in the 100. And Lana for that matter.
78. Thelma Plum - Not Angry Anymore

Cause I'm not perfect, I'm still learning how to stop and let it go

7 years after first appearing on the airwaves, Thelma Plum released her debut album "Better In Blak" in 2019 to a big response. Debuting at #4 on the ARIA Chart and nominated for Album Of The Year later on, she might be one of the most popular artists around at the moment to never make the singles chart. "Not Angry Anymore" is the 2nd single released from the album, following now gold certified "Clumsy Love" which appeared in last year's countdown.

Previous entries:
2014How Much Does Your Love Cost?#95
2015Big Jet Plane (Like A Version) (with Tuka)#81
2015No One (with Golden Features)#92
2018Clumsy Love#79
77. G Flip - I Am Not Afraid

So take me as I am, watch me as I go

If this song places at #10 I’ll be willing to believe this bold claim but for some reason I don’t think that will happen. But on a more serious note I guess (because you need some of those at times), I Am Not Afraid is about going through hardships and being as tough as you can be in those situations. Somewhat random is that Al Wright from Cloud Control is a co-writer on this song considering he does not seem to be involved with any of her other material.

Previous entries:
2018About You#38
2018Killing My Time#62
76. Meg Mac - Something Tells Me

I wonder what you think about when everybody's gone

The last time I wrote about Meg Mac was when Give Me My Name Back made the Hottest 100. If I remember correctly I then noted it would be on her next album but it actually turned out to be a mini-album of 7 tracks (or as Kanye West would call it ‘an album’). I still think mini-album is an overtly fancy term when we have already been calling shorter projects EP’s for a long time but whatever. M-Phazes and Sarah Aarons were both involved with this song which means this is clearly the best Ruel song of 2019.

Previous entries:
2014Roll Up Your Sleeves#24
2014Grandma’s Hands#46
2014Bridges (Like A Version)#91
2015Never Be#11
2017Low Blows#30
2017Maybe It’s My First Time#86
2018Give Me My Name Back#59

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75. Golden Features x The Presets - Paradise

You and I are face to face while the world up above keeps burning like a riot

An interesting combination of 2000’s dance triple j and 2010’s dance triple j here. “Paradise” was the lead single of Golden Features & The Presets’ 4-track collaborative EP. The collab came about after The Presets did some work on Golden Features’ Hottest 200 hit from last year “Falling Out”. In the case of this song the sound leans more towards Golden Features’ subdued style. This could be considered a full circle moment for Golden Features as his first ever release was a remix of “No Fun” by The Presets.

Previous entries (Golden Features):
2015No One (feat. Thelma Plum)#92
2016Wolfie (feat. Julia Stone)#70

Previous entries (The Presets):
2007My People#18
2008Talk Like That#6
2008This Boy’s In Love#8
2008Yippiyo-Ay#56
2012Ghosts#52
2012Promises#70
2017Do What You Want#93
2018Martini#57
74. Hayden James & NAATIONS - Nowhere To Go

Doesn’t matter cause I know ya like nobody’s ever known ya

Stepping off of his pattern of releasing 1 or 2 singles per year, Hayden James released his debut album in 2019. It was preceded by “Nowhere To Go” which features the duo NAATIONS. The singer of NAATIONS is Nat Dunn who has a solo feature on another song on the album (“Favours” which evidently triple j expected to do better than this since it was in a promo) which makes it fairly credible that both of the members worked on this song. The production slightly reminds me of “Ocean Drive” which is ironic because it’s not one of the Boy Matthews features from the album.

Previous entry (Hayden James):
2015Something About You#44
2017NUMB (feat. GRAACE)#32
2018Just Friends (feat. Boy Matthews)#15
2018Better Together (feat. Running Touch)#77
73. Cub Sport - Party Pill

I think I’m gonna love you for a long time

One of the main radio singles from the self-titled Cub Sport album. With all of the other singles they have released since then this might seem a bit like old news but it still has resonated rather well it seems. Party Pill details how Tim and Sam from the band ended up falling in love. Whenever I see the title of the song I think of the character Party Phil from the videogame Wii Party. His eyes are not that wide to be honest.

Previous entries:
2016Come On Mess Me Up#24
2017Chasin’#96
2018Sometimes#30
Paradise my favourite of the last bunch but wd Spacey Jane in particular! also yay always happy with Cub Sport
72. Angie McMahon - Pasta

I just sit in my house making noise for fun and I'm not moving much or proving much to anyone

After some strong success in the previous 2 countdowns, Angie McMahon released her debut album in 2019 which landed at #10 on the triple j album poll. “Pasta” could simultaneously be described as her slowest and fastest mover to date musically. Lyrically it is a vivid description of the feeling of lethargy. I’m honestly not sure if that aspect or the frequent eating of pasta is more directly relatable to me. (I literally had pasta for dinner the day before I wrote this) A personal motivator for me to get up and do something is to insult <redacted> for no reason in particular.

Previous entries:
2017Slow Mover#33
2018Missing Me#49
amazing yes! but I was hoping top 50
71. The Weeknd - Blinding Lights

You look so beautiful tonight in the city of blinding lights

Maybe when you consider that Call Out My Name wasn’t even in the Hottest 200 last year I don’t really need to bother with writing about this, but unlike that one Blinding Lights seems to actually be sticking around on the charts so I actually feel decent about its chances. This is kind of the Nothing Breaks Like A Heart of 2019 with it being a chart hit that was released pretty much at the end of the eligibility period. Heartless being a #1 in the United States instead of this because it was released like a day earlier will be one of the harder to explain chart events in the future. While triple j playlisted both songs simultaneously I only hear this whenever I listen.

Previous entries:
2015Can’t Feel My Face#9
2015The Hills#19
2016Starboy (feat. Daft Punk)#10
2016I Feel It Coming (feat. Daft Punk)#41
One of the highlights of the day so far! poor Metro Boomin
70. E^ST - TALK DEEP

Something about you makes me feel hectic

TALK DEEP will apparently serve as the lead single of EcircumflexST’s debut album which has been a long time coming. A surprising development is that she’s suddenly part of the all caps song titles gang. (but seemingly only on Spotify for this song, it’s regularly capitalized on other places such as YouTube) Staying up all night to engage in deep conversation certainly is obviously very similar to what I’m currently doing: Staying up all night to post deep commentaries such as this one.

Previous entry:
2017Life Goes On#63
Fittingly 69. Violent Soho - Vacation Forever

Cause they all want the good life but I just want to breathe

It does not feel like there were three and a half years between this and WACO (which beat Flume’s hotly tipped Skin to #1 in the triple j album poll of 2016) but it’s true. But like I’ve possibly said about another artist today, once they released this it felt like they hadn’t been gone for a second. (well there was that semi-acoustic track they released a week before this but that’s not relevant) It was apparently a massive coincidence that the song that features a line about a baby boomer was released during the peak of the ‘OK Boomer’ hype.

Previous entries:
2013Covered In Chrome#14
2015Like Soda#15
2016Viceroy#14
2016Blanket#53
2016So Sentimental#69
2016No Shade#73
2016How To Taste#92
68. Illy - Then What

I’m Shania to it all, that s**t don’t impress me much

Apparently the answer to this is that after releasing this song, Illy then released his Robinson collaboration "Lean On Me"...or so you would think because you probably didn't know that he released another song titled "Codes" between the two. "Then What" is Illy's 5th single to be certified platinum, and will possibly turn up on his 6th album, which if you don't recall "Heard It All" lore, means he will be three quarters of the way.

Previous entries:
2009Pictures#66
2010It Can Wait (feat. Owl Eyes)#29
2011Cigarettes#35
2012Heard It All#76
2013Ausmusic Month Medley#66
2013Youngbloods (feat. Ahren Stringer)#77
2014Tightrope (feat. Scarlett Stevens)#17
2015Swear Jar#39
2016Papercuts (feat. Vera Blue)#7
2016Catch 22 (feat. Anne-Marie)#23
Two songs I thought would be higher....

I do like that Violent Soho have now scored the 69 spot twice as well.
67. Billie Eilish - wish you were gay

*laugh track*

Billie Eilish was very popular in 2019 in case you weren't aware. The title of this song is a bit unfortunate.

Previous entries:
2017bellyache#38
2018when the party's over#8
2018lovely (with Khalid)#17
2018you should see me in a crown#46
2019all the good girls go to hell#91

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66. G Flip - Stupid

Maybe we're only in this for the drama. Cause you're an actress and I'm no better

Let’s talk about something shtoopid. (actually I like this, I just wanted to type shtoopid) It was a fairly big surprise to me that G Flip’s About Us was #2 in the triple j album poll. It could be because 7 of the 10 songs on the album were released as singles at one point so people were comfortable with voting it since they were possibly familiar with a large chunk of the album. But maybe the triple j audience just realized that they wouldn’t want to do this shit with anybody else.

Previous entries:
2018About You#38
2018Killing My Time#62
2019I Am Not Afraid#77
don't call me stupid, that ain't the way my name pronounced
65. Thelma Plum - Homecoming Queen

Cause in 1967 I wasn't human and in 1994 I was born

This song reminded me of the fact that until 1967 Aboriginals had virtually no rights in Australia. That is a pretty f**ked up one, huh? Sorry to the people who are expecting shitpost central here today but it’s not exactly easy to segue from that one. This is a really lovely tune though.

Previous entries:
2014How Much Does Your Love Cost?#95
2015Big Jet Plane (Like A Version) (with Tuka)#81
2015No One (with Golden Features)#92
2018Clumsy Love#79
2019Not Angry Anymore#78
64. George Alice - Circles

You've been engraved into my concrete mind

As tends to be the case, the more successful triple j Unearthed High alumni tend to be the ones who have at least a slight head start in terms of their connections & recording process. So for 2019's winner George Alice, her debut single "Circles" was also co-written & produced by Maribelle. You could also rescind this advantage by making note of the fact that George Alice is from Adelaide. The song is rooted in her passion for songwriting with a darker edge in terms of lyrics.
63. Halsey - Nightmare

I keep a record of the wreckage in my life

Halsey released an album last week but this song was not featured on it. It could be because it disappeared from the charts relatively quickly but the official reason is that the angry mood of this one ended up not fitting with the rest of the album. Honestly it is very admirable that Halsey followed up her biggest hit with something that has such an abrasive chorus. It might not have been huge commercially but it’s possibly her most played song on triple j.

Previous entries:
2015Hold Me Down#42
2015Ghost#94
2016Love Yourself (Like A Version)#52
2018Without Me#56
2018Eastside (with benny blanco & Khalid)#68
62. Bakar - Hell N Back

Could you tell where my head was at when you found me?

Bakar is a British artist that has started to breakthrough a bit recently. He is not to be confused with Hak Baker. Hell N Back is a nice soulful tune that feels rather unique in the context of 2019, particularly regarding stuff that was relevant within the triple j sphere. The EP that features this song also features a collaboration with Dominic Fike. I vaguely remember there being a promo where he said that Hell N Back was his #1 vote but I might be making this up.
Hell N Back sounded good!
61. Holy Holy - Maybe You Know

Maybe you don’t and you feel like you’re alone

Holy Holy’s third album is noted for shifting to a more electronic sound and it seems to have been well received as it marked their first appearance in the triple j album poll. I have not seen Hijinx’s write up for Teach Me About Dying (I assume he has not even written it at the point of me writing this) so I hope he did not say the exact same thing but with slightly different words. I have already written a fair bit about this song for my year end so look there if you want to know more I guess.

Previous entry:
2017True Lovers#40

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I got a vote in!
This would have been the 11th song I voted for (if I could have that many). Bestest song so far...
60. Hockey Dad - I Missed Out

You’re right to tell me I’ve been gone but don’t remind me what went on

I enjoy this song so definitely don’t take this as shade but it would be funny if the song named ‘I Missed Out’ was #101. Considering this was released near the end of 2019, this could potentially be a beneficiary of voting opening a week later than usual. I assume this is the lead single of the next Hockey Dad album but there’s no official word on that. Whenever I hear the intro I think it’s a Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever song and I don’t see that as a bad thing.

Previous entries:
2017Homely Feeling#54
2018Join The Club#18
2018I Wanna Be Everybody#61
2018Sweet Release#73

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**sending strongly worded letter to Hockey Dad demanding song name change**
59. Mallrat x Basenji - Nobody’s Home

I wanna start to play the guitar

What this song made me realize is that I apparently confuse Basenji with Wave Racer as I thought Basenji was the Australian producer who did a song with Lunchmoney Lewis in 2019. Also I don’t think I knew Basenji was the name of a dog breed, not sure if he named himself after those. Of course this song largely rides off the momentum of Mallrat’s popularity but officially Basenji gets equal billing here. Nobody’s Home is about telling yourself that you don’t have a crush on someone when you very much do.

Previous entries (Mallrat):
2017Better#46
2018Groceries#7
2018UFO (feat. Allday)#70
58. G Flip - Lover

You know that we ain't friends

The opening track of G Flip’s debut album About Us. I certainly cannot think of a more relevant 2019 song named Lover. As an opening track probably should do, Lover serves to set up the common themes that run throughout the album. She compares it to the opening structure of a Shakespeare play but as someone who has had to read several of those in school I am relieved that this song was not written in Archaic English.

Previous entries:
2018About You#38
2018Killing My Time#62
2019Stupid#66
2019I Am Not Afraid#77
57. Slowly Slowly - Jellyfish

I don't even know if I'm real or if you are or if we're just a simulation staged from a sports bar on Mars

They might be called Slowly Slowly but they’re certainly not slowing down. They released their most recent album in 2018 but released a few more singles in 2019. Jellyfish is seemingly their most popular song to date by far and not just on this website as it turns out. It is about how wild it is that the world and all these various crazy things and concepts in it actually exist. But also how none of that matters compared to one thing: being in love.
56. J. Cole - MIDDLE CHILD

They act like two legends cannot coexist

J. Cole is not actually a middle child, having just one older brother. Instead the title refers to his standing in the hip-hop scene, wedged between the older veterans and the new generation after him. Because he typically does not release and promote albums in the usual fashion, his chart impact is usually felt by a big one week splash that simmers out immediately after, even with some tracks that have become career defining hits for him. This means that "MIDDLE CHILD", initially a standalone single was well poised with all attention to become his highest charting single ever, even giving him an ARIA End Of Year chart position despite never coming close beforehand.
55. Khalid - Talk

Before we get lost, lend me your thoughts

You might understandably believe that "Talk" has been Khalid's biggest hit recently but in actual fact it's only sold about 60% as much as lower peaking previous single "Better". It is also a collaboration with Disclosure who have succeeded Bebe Rexha as Schrodinger's feature credit. A big radio hit though, which was the 4th most heard song on US radio in 2019, or 2nd most for a song actually released in 2019, behind "Sucker".

Previous entries:
2017Young Dumb & Broke#13
2017Saved#62
20171-800-273-8255 (with Logic)#82
2018lovely (with Billie Eilish)#17
2018Better#52
2018Eastside (with benny blanco & Halsey)#68
Previous entries (Disclosure):
2012Latch (feat Sam Smith)#21
2013When A Fire Starts To Burn#23
2013You & Me (feat Eliza Doolittle) (Flume Remix)#63
2013White Noise (feat AlunaGeorge#69
2015Magnets (feat Lorde)#10
2015Omen (feat Sam Smith)#62
54. Ocean Alley - Stained Glass

To be perfectly honest you're not being honest

an Ocean Alley song I actually like, good job guys.

Previous entries:
2017The Comedown#48
2018Confidence#1
2018Knees#10
2018Baby Come Back (Like A Version)#16
2018Happy Sad#100

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53. FISHER - You Little Beauty

You got me burnin

Following his huge success in 2018, FISHER followed up by (supposedly) producing this follow up single, featuring one of the most commonly used samples in dance music with Loleatta Holloway's "Love Sensation". Though (supposedly) he does not use the title lyric so you might not immediately recognize the shell of "Ride On Time" or "Good Vibrations" on this. You might recognize that but from World Of Our Love by Client Liaison however. It was an instant top 50 hit which has to be remarked upon considering how rarely this happens to anything not heavily astroturfed by playlists.

Previous entries:
2018Losing It#2
The tables have turned from last year
un banger
52. Tame Impala - Patience

Has it really been that long? Did I count the days wrong?

This song helped Tame Impala tie an incredibly specific chart record for having the most ARIA Singles Chart entries without ever reaching the top 50, which Weezer had held outright since scoring their 7th entry in 2009. It's also Tame Impala's highest charting single to date, the sort of inauspicious state which means that it did not end up on the track listing for their upcoming album, though it's an appropriate title given the time taken since then for the album which is still not out.

Previous entries:
2008Half Full Glass Of Wine#75
2009Remember Me#78
2010Solitude Is Bliss#33
2010Lucidity#74
2012Elephant#7
2012Feels Like We Only Go Backwards#9
2015The Less I Know The Better#4
2015Let It Happen#5
2015Eventually#34
2015'Cause I'm A Man#61
hopefully not the only one today, yess!
51. BENEE - Evil Spider

Wanna tangle up in you, don’t be tempted to escape

"Evil Spider" was the 3rd single BENEE released, and in fact the last one before taking advice from The Shamen on a new stage name, which came with no announcement or explanation though possibly it's to make the pronunciation more clear. It is possible that her first EP which this song features on was also originally planned to be called "Fire On Marz". While many New Zealand contemporaries have been known to take up residence in Australia, BENEE still records her music in Auckland, teaming up with 40% of local group LEISURE, which I know because the first part of it is still the entirety of her Spotify profile.

Previous entry:
2018Soaked#58

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Two especially great ones in a row, go BENEE I was a little worried for this one!
50. Holy Holy - Teach Me About Dying

Music is playing. Don’t I know this song?

Much like The Jungle Giants before them, Holy Holy found a new stride of confidence with their musical direction on their 3rd album. The first single was released in 2018, titled "Faces" which is not noteworthy for any particular reason, but it was followed up in 2019 with this single. Of course it's not the only thing that was going on in the Holy Holy camp in 2019, as guitarist Oscar Dawson was also busy producing about half of the music on triple j this year.

Previous entries:
2017True Lovers#40
2019Maybe You Know#61
49. Ruel - Free Time

Probably should get up, but what's the rush?

Which songs end up on the Hottest 100 voting list and which ones don’t can be extremely arbitrary at times. Real Thing was the third single from Ruel’s EP but because triple j didn’t playlist it until after voting started it was not on the list. But this, the title track from the EP but not a single, did end up there. I think I’d usually relate to this song to some extent but with how much writing I’ve been doing the past month or so, I haven’t actually had that much free time. (or maybe this is the free time??)

Previous entries:
2018Younger#87
2018Dazed & Confused#89
48. Ziggy Alberts - Intentions (22)

People say I've changed, of course I have

I had honestly not paid enough attention to this until now to notice that 22 is mentioned in the lyrics. I don’t know if this will be on an album or anything but Intentions (22) is supposed to be a bit of a reflection on Ziggy’s breakout 2018 (even though he had his highest charting single in 2017 ~) and how far he has managed to come in general. The prominent female backing vocals here are provided by singer/model/actress Bridget Hollitt.

Previous entries:
2018Love Me Now#37
2018Laps Around The Sun#42
wd Ruel Sr
47. BROCKHAMPTON - SUGAR

I know it's hard but we need each other

While it is fairly common for all of BROCKHAMPTON's principle performing members to get a verse or hook on all of their songs, "SUGAR" is one of their least balanced songs where only Dom & Matt get verses, while Bearface & Kevin both sing refrains. The song's hook is actually performed by non-member Ryan Beatty, perhaps making him feel like a member to many people as this has become the group's biggest hit to date.

Previous entries:
2017SWEET#11
2018BOOGIE#63
20181999 WILDFIRE#83
mah bois
46. Dean Lewis - 7 Minutes

It’s not a minute, seven minutes away

By complete coincidence, this song was released on the same day as Ariana Grande's "7 rings", which means that no manner of timing can come into play with the fact that Dean Lewis actually sold more pure copies of his song than Ariana did. This above average selling power helped Dean score a lucky top 10 peak the week his album came out, with this and Ocean Alley's "Confidence" being the only Australian top 10 hits in the first half of 2019. 7 is also the position reached by "Chasing Cars" in the 2006 Hottest 100.

Previous entries:
2018Be Alright#6
2019Stay Awake#79
45. Denzel Curry - RICKY

My daddy said, "Treat young girls like your mother" My mama said, "Trust no ho, use a rubber"

With all the attention that his Like A Version has received it is easy to forget that Denzel Curry also released an album in 2019. Unlike its predecessor, ZUU did not get a feature album spot on triple j (I imagine partially because it came out less than a year afterwards) but they did playlist this absolute burner of a lead single. Named after his father, RICKY is about the influence Denzel’s parents had on him as he was growing up.
YES YES YES first vote of the day
44. Baker Boy - Cool As Hell

You could be my favorite, you make me feel the type of way

As they're typically playing catch up, this track earned Baker Boy his first ARIA Award nominations, for Best Hip Hop Release and Best Video, while the tour of the same name got him a nomination for Best Australian Live Act. This is a particularly auspicious day for Baker Boy, as in fact this song was released on this very day last year, the same day he was awarded Young Australian Of The Year, the first contemporary musician to ever receive the honour.

Previous entries:
2017Marryuna (feat. Yirrmal)#17
2017Cloud 9 (feat. KIAN)#76
2018Mr La Di Da Di#51
2019Meditjin (feat. JessB)#98
43. Tame Impala - It Might Be Time

You ain't as young as you used to be

After Patience and Borderline were released early on in 2019 it seemed that another Tame Impala album was right around the corner. But then it was a bit quiet after those songs, until this track dropped near the end of the year with the announcement of the next album along with it. It Might Be Time has often been musically compared to Supertramp and in particular ‘The Logical Song‘ from them and I tend to agree. The theme of not being so cool and with it anymore will probably relate to Double J listeners and I’m sad that I’m not the first person from this site to come up with that.

Previous entries:
2008Half Full Glass Of Wine#75
2009Remember Me#78
2010Solitude Is Bliss#33
2010Lucidity#74
2012Elephant#7
2012Feels Like We Only Go Backwards#9
2015The Less I Know The Better#4
2015Let It Happen#5
2015Eventually#34
2015'Cause I'm A Man#61
2019Patience#52
yay Tamey <3
42. Juice WRLD - Robbery

It’s a gift and a curse but I cannot reverse it

Juice WRLD further cemented himself as a star in the emo rap scene in 2019 with the release of his 2nd album "Death Race For Love", whose music, vocals and PS1 era aesthetic pushed closer to genuine emo than rap at times. "Robbery" was a relative success upon release, as his most popular single since "Lucid Dreams" which also managed to just squeeze onto Billboard's Year End list for 2019 at #100. He would live to see this, but did not make it to the end of 2019, suffering a seizure less than a week after celebrating his 21st birthday in Australia.
someone please tell me from a year ago that I'm stoked to see Juice WRLD in the countdown

Been away fro the radio for a while. Songs I missed which I approve of are both Tame Impala songs and also Holy Holy. Was about to remark I'm surprised we haven't heard JuiceWRLD yet. The other is YUNGBLUD and Halsey, which I'm thinking will miss out.
41. Travis Scott - HIGHEST IN THE ROOM

She fill my mind up with ideas

Less than a year after scoring his first #1 hit, Travis Scott scored a 2nd with "HIGHEST IN THE ROOM", which has the extra fact of being indisputably a solo cut, given that "SICKO MODE", despite having just his name on the billing, had uncredited vocals from Swae Lee. This was achieved in part by a digital sales bundle which has resulted in it being one of the least successful #1 hits of the decade, though The Weeknd has done his part to make it look relatively organic since then.

Previous entry:
2018SICKO MODE#3

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a poor man's BUTTERFLY EFFECT, but still good so yay
40. Halsey - Graveyard

I know when you go down all your darkest roads

The [s]third[/s] second single from Halsey’s recently released MANIC album. It’s one of her lighter pop tunes in some time. Graveyard is about how the life of someone she loves is going in a bad direction and how she has to stop herself from going along with them. Also, can someone please let that sink in? It’s been knocking on the door for quite some time.

Previous entries:
2015Hold Me Down#42
2015Ghost#94
2016Love Yourself (Like A Version)#52
2018Without Me#56
2018Eastside (with benny blanco & Khalid)#68
2019Nightmare#63
39. Catfish and the Bottlemen - Longshot

Every once in a while, the little things make me smile

While their first two albums may have sold more copies, Catfish and the Bottlemen's 3rd album "The Balance" connected them with triple j listeners in a new way, making it into the top 10 voted albums of 2019. Its chart debut was in part unlucky but in part very lucky, as it debuted lower than its predecessor, in part due to being only the 5th biggest new release that week, but it was possibly able to secure a top 10 debut only because it was released on the same week that ARIA changed the rules regarding streaming distribution on catalogue albums. Lead single "Longshot" was also the band's first top 40 single in the UK, while they also managed to score a further 3 top 75 hits later in the year, despite having never done so before.

Previous entries:
20167#19
2016Twice#57
2016Soundcheck#77
yes thought this was done for!
38. Ruel - Face To Face

I'm in my bed sitting, talking to screens all day

This is surprisingly not the only 2019 song named Face To Face that is loosely about having a relationship with a girl through the internet as Rex Orange County also has one. To promote this song there was this convoluted story about this fake French singer named Ecâf. (Face spelled backwards) There was even a song by her that was actually sung by Ruel’s sister that was an old demo of his that he wasn’t going to release otherwise. I never expected to hear a harmonica in a Ruel song but it’s cool I guess.

Previous entries:
2018Younger#87
2018Dazed & Confused#89
2019Free Time#49
37. Duke Dumont (feat. Shaun Ross) - Red Light Green Light

When the strobe light hits, I want you to move like this

This was the sixth entry into Duke Dumont’s ‘For Club Play Only’ series. An increasingly ironic title since this and Be Here before it certainly got played on the radio. Red Light Green Light’s concept is to rework the children’s game of the same name into the context of a club banger. Here in the Netherlands the game is known as ‘Annemaria Koekkoek’ and I could not tell you why. I don’t know much about vocalist Shaun Ross but he has done a lot of things apparently.

Previous entries:
2014I Got U (feat. Jax Jones)#74
2015Ocean Drive#13
36. Pnau (feat. Kira Divine & Marques Toliver) - Solid Gold

My best friend's always later she just moves with the weather

"Solid Gold" has not quite living up to the monster success of its two recent predecessors, though in fairness, Pnau have made a habit out of peaking post Hottest 100 so maybe it's still too soon to say. It's yet another collaboration with Kira Divine who was of course the vocalist on "Chameleon" and "Go Bang" though they've only recently decided to finally credit their vocalists. I have no idea who Marques Toliver is.

Previous entries (Pnau):
2007Wild Strawberries#100
2008Embrace (feat. Ladyhawke)#12
2008Baby#54
2011The Truth#80
2016Chameleon (feat. Kira Divine)#11
2017Go Bang (feat. Kira Divine)#7

Previous entries (Kira Divine):
2016Chameleon (with Pnau)#11
2017Go Bang (with Pnau)#7
35. Billie Eilish - bury a friend

Step on the glass, staple your tongue

Not the first song Billie Eilish released in 2019, but according to the Hottest 100 voting list it is. "bury a friend" was a further test on how big of a hit a song can be in spite of never reaching the airplay chart, scoring a new high for Billie at the time at #3. If you have trypanophobia, do not watch the music video for it. If you don't, you may by the end of it.

Previous entries:
2017bellyache#38
2018when the party's over#8
2018lovely (with Khalid)#17
2018you should see me in a crown#46
2019wish you were gay#67
2019all the good girls go to hell#91
Such a creative track and (although I expected it) really great to see it do well
I do like this one. Thought it would be higher though...
34. Glass Animals (feat. Denzel Curry) - Tokyo Drifting

Wavey Davey's on fire. You still got it, you still got it alright

Glass Animals’ first single in over 3 years is this somewhat oddball standalone single collab with Denzel Curry. It could be considered a pseudo-sequel to 2015’s “Lose Control” which featured Joey Bada$$. On “Tokyo Drifting” singer Dave Bayley introduces the world to his ‘cool’ but very much intentionally silly alter ego Wavey Davey. This serves as a contrast to when the very much seriously cool Denzel Curry drops his verse which also contains a rare case of the guest rapper being the one to drop the title of the song.

Previous entries (Glass Animals):
2014Gooey#12
2016Youth#38
2016Life Itself#63
2016Season 2 Episode 3#98

Previous entry (Denzel Curry):
2019RICKY#45
Not my favourite from either of them but what a banger to make the 50
33. Dom Dolla - San Frandisco

San Francisco, where art thou disco?

Australian producer Dom Dolla already had somewhat of a breakthrough hit last year with Take It which even got some airplay over here in Europe but didn’t get much time on triple j until this year. San Frandisco seemed to be built up as the 2019 equivalent of FISHER’s Losing It. I don’t think it has quite reached that level of popularity but at least he can be happy with delivering the hottest tribute to San Francisco since Cascada.
I really don't have a problem with this, pretty fun production.
32. Lime Cordiale - Money

I’ve found better things to do than get so f**king down about it

Last year I was extremely emotionally unprepared when Lime Cordiale’s Dirt Cheap made it into the Hottest 100, seemingly out of nowhere since they were absent on any notable projections and triple j only started playing them a few weeks before voting started. It was probably a severe overreaction on my part but I was already really stressed at that point. I am well prepared for them this time around at least. Money was released shortly after last year’s countdown and believe it or not I actually quite enjoy this one.

Previous entry:
2018Dirt Cheap#86
31. Skegss - Save It For The Weekend

Got my foot down on the throttle I'm still learning how to drive

Skegss are presently recording their 2nd studio album, with this assumedly being the first taste of it, and indeed their first new song since their possibly enviable #2 ARIA & #11 Hottest 100 successes in 2018. The music video features some self awareness regarding the band's difficult to spell name that I definitely didn't mistype the first time I wrote it today.

Previous entries:
2017Got On My Skateboard#39
2018Up In The Clouds#11
2018Smogged Out#71
2019Here Comes Your Man (Like A Version)#90
30. Flume (feat. Reo Cragun) - Friends

Thinking out loud, I'm thinking out loud

After a quiet 2018 Flume kicked into 2019 with the oddball mixtape Hi This Is Flume. A week after that however he ended up dropping this relatively more radio friendly single. It features American newcomer Reo Cragun, who he later in 2019 would release a short EP with that featured 2 more songs aside from this one. Friends was released a few months after Flume’s former collaborator What So Not released We Can Be Friends. Despite the conflicting messages of the songs this does not seem to be an intentional response to that.

Previous entries (Flume):
2012Holdin On#4
2012Sleepless (feat. Jezzabell Doran)#12
2012On Top (feat. T.Shirt)#67
2013Drop The Game (with Chet Faker)#5
2015Some Minds (feat. Andrew Wyatt)#24
2016Never Be Like You (feat. Kai)#1
2016Say It (feat. Tove Lo)#8
2016Smoke & Retribution (feat. Vince Staples & KUČKA)#37
2016Lose It (feat. Vic Mensa)#95
2017Hyperreal (feat. KUČKA)#90
2019Let You Know (feat. London Grammar)#81
Hi This Is Flume >>>> but yeah this is still good
29. MEDUZA (feat. GOODBOYS) - Piece Of Your Heart

Sorry, just quickly. What if it's: ‘’Da da da uh uh da da da uh uh down down down’’

If you have ever been tempted to call MEDUZA another faceless dance act, it's probably because anyone who has confronted them face to face has been turned into stone. Despite any sort of handicap like that, "Piece Of Your Heart" became a massive success, reaching #2 in their native UK, and being the highest selling song of 2019 in Australia to not reach the weekly top 5, while follow up single "Lose Control" reached #11 in both territories. The slow burning success may be a symptom of no one being able to put a name to it, deciphering it is probably not too dissimilar to the song's chorus break. This weekend MEDUZA will be vying for the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording, alongside much more established names.

Previous entry:
2019Lose Control (with Becky Hill)#88
another good one (and in the right order for them)!
28. Lizzo - Juice

It ain’t my fault that I'm out here gettin’ loose

"Juice" is a bizarre entity because it's a Lizzo song that became popular in the year it was released. It was even looking like being her only UK top 40 single for a while, as "Truth Hurts" took some time (in extension to the years before even getting started) taking off, possibly coming close to being struck down by a sensible 10th week chart decline ("Good As Hell" would eventually go top 10 though and render this hypothetical obsolete). It's not clear what out of your love & juice wins out on the blame priority assignment.
wd Lizzo <3
This feels so out of place but I'm here for it.
27. Stormzy - Vossi Bop

If you can't keep the deal then just be honest. I could never die, I’m Chuck Norris

In the past year, Stormzy has scored his 1st, 2nd & 3rd UK #1 hits. The first of these is noteworthy as the only one that isn't a collaboration with Ed Sheeran, while also arguably overtaking Busta Rhymes for the biggest hit song dedicated to Courvoisier cognac. Late last year, Stormzy visited his old school to be interviewed by a class of 3rd graders, telling them you shouldn't use bad words, only to be reminded by them that he did so on this song. This song which also uses said bad words when referring to the incoming prime minister, was coincidentally removed from the UK top 100 on the week following the UK election. This actually makes perfect sense if you understand the UK Charts (though it's possible the OCC don't anyway) but is primed for conspiracy once someone notices the distinct gap in its chart run.

Previous entry:
2017Big For Your Boots#91

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vote number two get in! Just so damn great
26. Tones And I - Johnny Run Away

You'll get picked on by another, better go and run for cover

Tones And I initially intended to release "Johnny Run Away" back in March...of 2018, but her manager insisted her to spend the ensuing months building an audience. Whether or not that was the case, it took less than 12 hours after being uploaded to triple j Unearthed for "Johnny Run Away" to arrive on national airwaves, with Richard Kingsmill even making a bold prediction for it to arrive at #46 on the Hottest 100, putting it on par with Rammstein's "Amerika". The reaction was also immediate, so it naturally arrived 3 months later in the ARIA top 50. Reportedly the song was written when she was 16, though it's anyone's guess what her birthday was when she said this, the titular Johnny actually being her friend Kurt, who she brought up on stage with her while supporting AURORA on tour.
it's amazing to think how she's progressed since JRA first broke through. On board for how well this has done.
25. BENEE - Find An Island

Both shared a single rope trying to stay afloat

"Find An Island" was BENEE's first song to reach the ARIA Chart, a fact that is reflective of the track's organic success from the ground up which needs no further clarification, something that may eventually be accepted as reality thanks to Wikipedia's face value presentation. "Find An Island" is the first single released from BENEE's 2nd EP "STELLA & STEVE", and has perhaps given the world a new way to tell someone to f**k off.

Previous entries:
2018Soaked#58
2019Evil Spider#51
Wow incredible that BENEE has amassed 3 Hottest 100 entries and they're all bangers. Now to take an hours long sip of my coffee
24. Ocean Alley - Infinity

Well it took some time to get it right

Ocean Alley are of course the reigning champions of the Hottest 100 and it didn’t take long for them to release more new music. Their first single of 2019 was Stained Glass which I think is comfortably the best song they’ve made but of course that’s not the Ocean Alley song that triple j listeners were into the most this year. (but Happy Sad was a big surprise last year so maybe you have heard it today) Infinity definitely sounds a lot like one of the mid tempo Red Hot Chili Peppers songs which makes me feel like I’ve known it for years in some sense.

Previous entries:
2017The Comedown#48
2018Confidence#1
2018Knees#10
2018Baby Come Back (Like A Version)#16
2018Happy Sad#100
2019Stained Glass#54
23. Tyler, The Creator - EARFQUAKE

pluggosemiuh bidosemiuh

One of the biggest names to not feature in a Hottest 100, Tyler, The Creator has had more than a significant influence over the years. It's been 9 years since he first made a name for himself heading up Odd Future, who in fact have Hottest 100 luminaries of their own in Frank Ocean & Earl Sweatshirt, but it also shows a side of Tyler very different to how he is now, with many noting that his initial horrorcore image may have been a front to mask a more sensitive side that he's shown on his last two albums. The success of Tyler's previous album was also much more gradual, so while it didn't net him a Hottest 100 entry, 3 of the album's singles have since been certified gold. This primed him very well for the release of "IGOR", which had nearly the entire track listing appear on the ARIA Chart upon release, with "EARFQUAKE" eventually climbing into the top 10, disrupting the record holding top 10 reign from Post Malone & Swae Lee's "Sunflower".
long overdue debut, yeaaaaaah.
first entry omg!
22. Ruel - Painkiller

Driving on the road, waiting for head-on collision

Notable for being the highest Ruel has charted in Australia to date. This website erroneously notes that it peaked at #38 but it actually got to #35. His 2 Hottest 100 entries from 2018 still have more Spotify plays but maybe this will get there someday. Painkiller is about being homesick, certainly not the only 2019 song about that but maybe the most popular one. This is the first Ruel song to feature a swear word, they grow up so fast.

Previous entries:
2018Younger#87
2018Dazed & Confused#89
2019Face To Face#38
2019Free Time#49
Glad to see these last two songs make it so high!
21. The Chats - Pub Feed

I’m on pub feed so leave me alone

The Chats come from the Ocean Alley school of misattributed success, where they'll be marketed as a triple j Unearthed success story, despite being generally ignored by triple j when first gaining traction. Dave Grohl & Iggy Pop were speaking praise of "Smoko" before triple j got on board. So amidst teaching people around the world how to speak Australian, they had their breakthrough single on radio with "Pub Feed". It is perhaps a slightly outdated depiction of all their desires, as I'm fairly certain their craves & needs now include something else in the last couple of months.
hanging for a parma
I made triple j play that promo prove me wrong, except don't because i'm on smoko
20. DMA’s - Silver

It’s funny that I think of you right now knowing all the years that turned to clouds

The DMA’s strategy of releasing an album and then releasing the lead single of the next album towards the end of the following year has helped in them showing up rather consistently here. This will be the sixth consecutive Hottest 100 where they make an appearance. I was quite literally kept up at night by this song as I tried to think of what song had a very similar chorus to this. (the answer is Ladyhawke - A Love Song) No shade but I’m sad that this will more than likely cause the end of the bizarre fact that the highest non Like A Version Hottest 100 entry of DMA’s is Step Up The Morphine.

Previous entries:
2014Delete#48
2015Lay Down#77
2016Believe (Like A Version)#6
2016Step Up The Morphine#39
2017Dawning#89
2018In The Air#41
2018The End#60
2018Do I Need You Now?#97
19. BENEE - Glitter

I know it's getting late now, baby. Maybe you should stay here with me

Thanks to the power of influencers on TikTok, BENEE is currently enjoying heighted visibility with her first Australian top 40 single. This is a considerable step forward from a year ago, when just about no one, not even Richard Kingsmill or Petit Biscuit knew anything about her apart from nationality, and ARIA somehow had negative knowledge. This track actually did have a brief glint of success upon initial release. The highest locally charting NZ song not by Lorde or Six60 in years, the belated success for this track means that BENEE's first EP is currently hanging around on the NZ album chart, despite her having released another EP since then.

Previous entries:
2018Soaked#58
2019Find An Island#25
2019Evil Spider#51
18. Tame Impala - Borderline

How was I to know this dark emotion?

Making for a rare sighting of Tame Impala on the Hot Hits Australia playlist, "Borderline" has proven to be quite certainly the 2nd most popular Tame Impala song in 2019. The most popular is of course "The Less I Know The Better", which has been outstripping their entire discography by a mile lately due to winning music's most important lottery of becoming a meme on TikTok.

Previous entries:
2008Half Full Glass Of Wine#75
2009Remember Me#78
2010Solitude Is Bliss#33
2010Lucidity#74
2012Elephant#7
2012Feels Like We Only Go Backwards#9
2015The Less I Know The Better#4
2015Let It Happen#5
2015Eventually#34
2015'Cause I'm A Man#61
2019It Might Be Time#43
2019Patience#52
The last two have been particularly great!
17. Lime Cordiale - I Touch Myself (Like A Version)

I love myself, I want you to love me

As one of the breakout Australian triple j acts of the end of 2018 it was inevitable that Lime Cordiale would be doing a Like A Version in 2019. They ended up covering I Touch Myself from Divinyls partially because they wanted to do an Australian song but also because of its appearance in the first Austin Powers movie. It is admittedly rather weird to hear this being sung by a guy. There is also one line of Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing thrown in there which I always forget until it comes up. Sexual Healing has some prior Hottest 100 legacy as it made the first 2 all time countdowns.

Previous entries:
2018Dirt Cheap#86
2019Money#32

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16. Billie Eilish - everything i wanted

And it feels like yesterday was a year ago but I don't wanna let anybody know

One of the six songs to find themselves with a #2 peak on the ARIA Chart in the last 6 months, "everything i wanted" is Billie's most recently released single. It was inspired by a nightmare she had where she killed herself by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge, only to be met with the realization of general apathy around the world from not just supposed fans but also friends. Naturally it has become her 2nd biggest radio hit.

Previous entries:
2017bellyache#38
2018when the party's over#8
2018lovely (with Khalid)#17
2018you should see me in a crown#46
2019bury a friend#35
2019wish you were gay#67
2019all the good girls go to hell#91
Glad this wasn't screwed over by the late release date, what a gem <3
15. Tones And I - Never Seen The Rain

It gets you down but that’s okay

Considering Hijinx has already written a significant amount of words related to the music of Tones And I the past year or so it is very nice of him to leave at least some of that to me for this. This Creedence Clearwater Revival response track was slowly moving around the chart while Dance Monkey was doing its thing until commercial radio decided it was time to give it some airplay. Never Seen The Rain is about people who never try anything because they are too afraid to fail. It’s been getting a solid overseas push recently and I would certainly appreciate it if Tones was known for more than Dance Monkey worldwide cause this is definitely a different side of her.

Previous entry:
2019Johnny Run Away#26
I have no words to say about this song.
14. Sofi Tukker - Purple Hat

Everybody in the booth can tell myself apart from you

Sofi Tukker themselves may be surprised that this is more popular than Swing but the people have clearly made their decision. I assume this will be their highest charting song on ARIA by the time this gets posted. Since Drinkee and Swing were the only times that Sofi Tukker had previously been played I jokingly theorized that triple j would only playlist their Portuguese language songs but Purple Hat quickly proved that wrong. Purple Hat is a bit of an oddball which makes me conclude that Sofi Tukker are strange people people.

Previous entry:
2016Drinkee#60
This has grown on me in recent weeks, good tune
13. Lime Cordiale - Inappropriate Behaviour

I was on the road to meet you halfway

With how many relevant singles they had in 2019, it’s surprising there was no Lime Cordiale album or even an EP. There was apparently supposed to be an album this past September but that has yet to materialize. Inappropriate Behaviour is probably their cruisiest track of the past year but not really by a huge amount or anything. It also certainly has the most unique title. I am a bit iffy on these lyrics but maybe I am totally interpreting them wrong.

Previous entries:
2018Dirt Cheap#86
2019I Touch Myself (Like A Version)#17
2019Money#32
12. FIDLAR - By Myself

Yeah, started from the bottom and I'm still at the bottom. Then I spent the night in jail, turns out it wasn't the bottom

While FIDLAR have been fairly popular on triple j for a while now, they've found their biggest success through the obvious route of writing a song around a meme phrase. Released right at the start of the year, this was actually the 4th single released from the band's 3rd album "Almost Free". 6 months later they performed it for their Like A Version, alongside a less obvious choice of cover in Billie Eilish's "xanny".
Awesome. I had no idea this would be this high lol
Finally one of my songs gets in, would have been nice 2 spots higher though....
11. Post Malone - Circles

I'll be the bad guy now, but know I ain't too proud

"Circles" was initially rumoured to be co-written with Kevin Parker, though this was easily disproven when it became clear that the song was clearly en route to being a top 50 hit. It gave Post Malone his first ever solo #1 hit in the US, following 3 collaborations that came before it. In Australia, for obvious reasons, it contributed heavily to Post Malone's tally of weeks spent peaked at #2, going from 10 to 18.

Previous entries:
2017rockstar (feat. 21 Savage)#24
2018Sunflower (with Swae Lee)#27
2018Better Now#33
2018Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)#90
2019Wow.#93
10. Hilltop Hoods (feat. Illy & Ecca Vandal) - Exit Sign

Everybody say hi, look who’s finally arrived

Prior to the start of this countdown, Hilltop Hoods found themselves 2 entries shy of matching the big 22 entries set by Powderfinger in 2009, and then Foo Fighters in 2014. As we know now, this latest entry HAS NOT BEATEN this tally, 16 years after Suffa impressed Pressure, and by extension all of us with his origami skills. This is a long enough time that for the people voting this, it's possible that their nude-seeing mum voted for "The Nosebleed Section" back in the day at close to the same age. With this song they also team up with another local rapper in Ecca Vandal, who is notably the only artist to ever acknowledge their ACI #1 success https://twitter.com/eccavandal/status/904261736684937216 oh and Illy's here as well.

Previous entries (Hilltop Hoods):
2003The Nosebleed Section#9
2003Dumb Enough#44
2006The Hard Road#3
2006Clown Prince#23
2006What A Great Night#41
2006Stopping All Stations#56
2006Recapturing The Vibe#77
2007Recapturing The Vibe Restrung#26
2009Chase That Feeling#3
2009Still Standing#37
2011I Love It (feat. Sia)#10
2012Rattling The Keys To The Kingdom#84
2014Cosby Sweater#3
2014Won't Let You Down (feat. Maverick Sabre)#36
2014Walking Under Stars#57
20161955 (feat. Montaigne & Tom Thum)#4
2016Higher (feat. James Chatburn)#49
201721 Grams (with Thundamentals)#61
2018Leave Me Lonely#24
2018Clark Griswold (feat. Adrian Eagle)#44

Previous entries (Illy):
2009Pictures#66
2010It Can Wait (feat. Owl Eyes)#29
2011Cigarettes#35
2012Heard It All#76
2013Ausmusic Month Medley#66
2013Youngbloods (feat. Ahren Stringer)#77
2014Tightrope (feat. Scarlett Stevens)#17
2015Swear Jar#39
2016Papercuts (feat. Vera Blue)#7
2016Catch 22 (feat. Anne-Marie)#23
2019Then What#68

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Strange this isn't #3!

Their best for a few years IMHO.
9. Thelma Plum - Better In Blak

Do you know what it feels like? To be told that you are never right?

I have been very pleasantly surprised by the level of success this song is looking like it will have today. I wonder if it is because she performed it at the ARIA’s, I remember it selling decently afterwards even if only 10 people use iTunes nowadays. This is also perhaps the ultimate proof that an artists most popular song on the ACI doesn’t necessarily correlate to what the public’s favorite is. But enough meta references to this forum, what is this song about anyways?

It was only one day after that incident with the band that is now thankfully irrelevant to this countdown that Thelma Plum wrote this song. Better In Blak is the title track of Thelma Plum’s long awaited debut album. This song deals with the terrible hateful messages she received at the time but is ultimately about feeling pride in her own identity. It is admirable that she made a fairly uplifting song out of a very unfortunate situation. I feel way out of my depth writing about all of this but I tried my best.

Previous entries:
2014How Much Does Your Love Cost?#95
2015Big Jet Plane (Like A Version) (with Tuka)#81
2015No One (with Golden Features)#92
2018Clumsy Love#79
2019Homecoming Queen#65
2019Not Angry Anymore#78

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8. The Jungle Giants - Heavy Hearted

Have I ever turned you on? Have I ever done you wrong?

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. After the mixed reception of their 2015 album, The Jungle Giants released Quiet Ferocity in 2017 which saw their sound go in a more electronic direction. It proved to be very popular with the triple j audience, as all 4 of the singles made the Hottest 100 of that year fairly comfortably. “Heavy Hearted” doubles down on that sound and features an even bigger (or heavier if you will) drop than “Feel The Way I Do”. Being the only Jungle Giants single of 2019 (they just released a new one incidentally) could potentially benefit its position in the countdown.

Previous entries:
2012She’s A Riot#83
2017Feel The Way I Do#16
2017On Your Way Down#50
2017Bad Dream#57
2017Used To Be In Love#59
7. Lime Cordiale - Robbery

Wait that’s her! Stop that girl!

Not only were there two relevant 2019 songs named Robbery but they both deal with the stealing of a heart too. But while the other Robbery is a tale of heartbreak this is a bit different. The singer only briefly met the woman that stole his heart, presumably during a vacation fling. He tries to find her again but it quickly becomes clear that it’s unlikely that it will ever happen. The triple j article about this song refers to it as ‘kitschy’, I feel like that is not a word that is usually used positively even though I might have done so myself in the past.

Previous entries:
2018Dirt Cheap#86
2019Inappropriate Behaviour#13
2019I Touch Myself (Like A Version)#17
2019Money#32
*stealing of money
6. G Flip - Drink Too Much

If I wanna make it work, I better go and dish my dirt

Despite being released right at the end of August, G Flip's debut album "About Us" managed to be one of the highest selling Australian albums of the year. To put it in more impressive context, she had the 2nd highest selling 2019 released debut album by an Australian artist, behind only Hayden James. If it seemed like a lucky fluke when "Killing My Time" spent a single week on the ARIA top 100, "Drink Too Much" showed that she was just getting started by spending 7 weeks on there.

Previous entries:
2018About You#38
2018Killing My Time#62
2019Lover#58
2019Stupid#66
2019I Am Not Afraid#77

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5. Denzel Curry - Bulls On Parade (Like A Version)

They rally 'round the family with a pocket full of shells

"Bulls On Parade" actually has Australian lineage, because weeks before its official release, the song was first performed by Rage Against The Machine at the 1996 Big Day Out festival in Sydney. Released as the lead single from the band's 2nd album "Capitalism? No Thanks, Pal!", "Bulls On Parade" has consistently proven itself to be the band's 2nd most popular single. It was released one week before Denzel Curry's 1st birthday.

Suffice to say, Denzel made his start in the rap game at a young age, releasing his first project at age 16. 4 years later he made a name for himself with his breakout single "Ultimate", setting the stage for his defining aggression, and defining love of referencing Dragonball in his lyrics. For this cover, Denzel added a verse taken from 2018's "SIRENS l ZIRENZ", while the sheer intensity of the performance has meant that he had to retire the song from live performances very quickly.

Previous entries:
2019Tokyo Drifting (with Glass Animals)#34
2019RICKY#45
I was really hoping this would take #1 from dance monkey
Plot twist! still an amazing cover, but that really throws my predictions up in the air
FIREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
4. Tones And I - Dance Monkey

And when you’re done I’ll make you do it all again

When interviewed on Good Nights last year, Tones And I mentioned how much her life had changed since her days as a busker, how she would be recognized on the street, and regularly received messages of support from people who were personally touched by her music. This was obviously minutes before "Dance Monkey" was debuted on air for the first time (and also still a week before "Johnny Run Away" cracked the ARIA top 50). It is not yet clear if this interim success period feels closer to home than it does to present now for Tones And I, because as you might know by now, she has gone at least a couple pegs higher in terms of success since then.

"Dance Monkey" was also originally conceived before 2019, as you can find online a video of her performing an early version of it with loop pedals at the end of 2018, by an uploader not certain of the song's title. It's possible it had a different one then because the 'monkey' lyric did not appear in this rendition. This also hits close to the song's central conceit, written about her turmoil’s as a busker, when meeting with an audience who in the internet age, are able to laser focus their content consumption much more efficiently than in real life, and would often place unrealistic standards on her performance routine in order to get a similar fix.

Depending on your metric, "Dance Monkey" was an instant success, immediately reaching the top 30 on iTunes the day it came out. It would take a couple of months to do more than this, because charts in 2019, but also because Tones And I's not yet established status means that "Johnny Run Away", despite ending up as the 2nd most successful Australian song from 2019, despite radio being required to play 25% Australian content to be granted airwaves, was granted a total of 2 weeks on the radio airplay chart, so "Dance Monkey" had an uphill battle already.

In any case, 3 months later it would innocuously find itself at the #1 spot on the Australian charts, innocuous to the point of ARIA's Facebook post upon releasing that week's chart receiving a total of 3 relatively regular comments. You know where the story went from here, or maybe you don't because maybe the story isn't really even over yet. Seemingly through lack of competition, "Dance Monkey" took center position on the soccer field and decided to hold it, hold it, hold it, hoooooooold it. In 2017, Ed Sheeran managed to set an all time record on the ARIA Charts, where despite a 1 week interruption from Harry Styles (and several attempted interruptions from...Ed Sheeran), he managed to hold the #1 spot with "Shape Of You" for an unprecedented 15 weeks. At the time of writing, Tones And I has been #1 for just a slightly more comical 24 weeks, an amount of weeks that no song had even spent longer for in the top 10 until 2018, and even then with the caveat that a different tracking week would likely have gotten her to #1 a week earlier, and possibly prevented Mariah Carey from disrupting it as well.

"Dance Monkey" was not just a local phenomenon, becoming so big that despite its success being largely rooted in the initial breakout hit that preceded it, this has been dwarfed to the point of it being seen as her sole hit around the world. Nonetheless it has hit #1 in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, as well as hitting #37 in Paraguay. The state of streaming means that it landed as just the #2 best selling single of 2019 in Australia, despite spending longer at #1 than last year's biggest song spent in the top 10. The song helped Tones And I win 4 of the 8 ARIA Award she was nominated for, missing out on Song Of The Year due to it being a not very publicized voting poll against an Australian Idol winner. No Australian artist has ever topped the Spotify Global Chart before, yet "Dance Monkey" finds itself not far off a 100th day at the pedestal. It's kind of a big deal.

Previous entries:
2019Never Seen The Rain#15
2019Johnny Run Away#26
Wtf hahaha praise the mighty lord this isn't number one
okay but the more obvious results were a lot more appeasing to commentary lengths :p
Expected it at #2 tbh but oh well. Hopefully bad guy wins this
3. Mallrat - Charlie

I hope your dreams are amazing

Given that it's been a while since she broke out, you might not realize that Mallrat only turned 21 last year. This means that she is younger than The Whitlams' "Charlie" trilogy and you can have whatever existential reaction that evokes, but also maybe simmer down with this emotional trip. In a similar manner to George Lucas, Mallrat took inspiration from her dog to inspire the title of this song.

Previous entries:
2017Better#46
2018Groceries#7
2018UFO (feat. Allday)#70
2019Nobody’s Home (with Basenji)#59
Patiently waiting for another song to play but nicely done Mallrat, lovely song
Charlie is lovely, surprised it finished above Dance Monkey tbh, what a top 10 and what a countdown.
2. Flume (feat. Vera Blue) - Rushing Back

I feel the gravity pulling me faster than it ever has before

"Rushing Back" is noteworthy for having been the most popular Australian song not performed by Tones And I for several months now. The way that charts work now means that it couldn't quite outsell "Riptide" in the 2019 annual chart despite Vance Joy spending the entire year out of the top 100, and it's not clear if it'll do so in 2020 either. Notably, this song has helped squeeze Vera Blue into the middle of the Australian female singers Venn diagram alongside Owl Eyes for having her two most popular songs being her feature credits alongside a dance artist, and Illy.

Previous entries (Flume):
2012Holdin On#4
2012Sleepless (feat. Jezzabell Doran)#12
2012On Top (feat. T.Shirt)#67
2013Drop The Game (with Chet Faker)#5
2015Some Minds (feat. Andrew Wyatt)#24
2016Never Be Like You (feat. Kai)#1
2016Say It (feat. Tove Lo)#8
2016Smoke & Retribution (feat. Vince Staples & KUČKA)#37
2016Lose It (feat. Vic Mensa)#95
2017Hyperreal (feat. KUČKA)#90
2019Friends (feat. Reo Cragun)#30
2019Let You Know (feat. London Grammar)#81

Previous entries (Vera Blue):
2016Papercuts (with Illy)#7
2016Settle#78
2017Regular Touch#15
2017Mended#29
2018All The Pretty Girls#26
This was one of the surprises of the day, didn't think this was anywhere near the top 3 but there you go.
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1. Billie Eilish - bad guy

So you’re a tough guy, like it really rough guy

Because of arbitrary time zones, "bad guy" did something upon release that no other song has ever done in Australia, managing to reach the top 50 on Spotify for the chart labeled on the day before its official release. Australia took to it so immediately that it gave Billie her first ever #1 single here upon debut. Even though that was about 9 months ago, as recently as last week, it's still the highest former #1 on the chart.

The feats would continue though, as anyone distraught by youth at the sight of Lil Nas X's record breaking run at #1 in the US got to see him followed up by an even younger artist scoring their first #1 hit. The time spent at #1 for "bad guy" in Australia perhaps does a disservice to it, as in reality, its persistent sales have kept it as a monster hit only slightly behind that certain other #1 hit that came out later in the year. "bad guy" was also the 4th most liked video on YouTube in 2019, while also housing on it the most liked YouTube comment of all time, by a YouTuber whose household recreation of "bad guy" was so spot on that it got taken down briefly by a copyright bot.

Previous entries:
2017bellyache#38
2018when the party's over#8
2018lovely (with Khalid)#17
2018you should see me in a crown#46
2019everything i wanted#16
2019bury a friend#35
2019wish you were gay#67
2019all the good girls go to hell#91
duh
if there was only something I could finish this sentence to show how obvious my love for this song is... nah there's not. Amazing outcome & the one I was hoping for all along <3
Good #1! Prefer this to Dance Monkey or Denzel Curry.

Thanks for the commentary villages and Hijinx!!
Awesome to see Billie Eilish take number one!!
This feels like the most fitting #1 since 2011 or 12. Excellent result, and overall a great countdown, despite three particular favourites of mine that must have been close missing the 100. Looking forward to the bottom hundred on Monday now, I should like it more than the top 100 this time around.

Thanks for all your hard work again this year Villages and jinx, it's much appreciated <3
is bad guy that song that sounds like a rip off of brainbug's "nightmare" and some kid with singing knees mumbles?
- 12 months ago if you had told me what Denzel did today I would have found it very hard to believe. Sure it's a shame his two entries both weren't higher, but a record-breaking result nonetheless

- also I figured it was a lock even before I started paying close attention to WT but I am super happy about Vossi Bop. My only real criticism of the countdown today is that it could have done with more hip hop (I was pleasantly surprised to hear J. Cole with his first ever entry) so Stormzy being involved was wonderful

- Billie was probably building towards a top 5 entry in this countdown before we knew what she was going to actually release. My fairly muted and wildly outdated review has just been updated but this would probably be my 3rd favourite #1 since following the countdown behind STIUTK and HUMBLE.

- I'm not her biggest fan by any stretch by well done to Tones. Although it was all projected, for her to get 3 songs in fairly high in the manner she did was awesome

- the remarkable consistency of Aussie music in the countdown every year is just insane

- another positive out of today was that there were songs that I didn't like as much before but like more now. I feel that this tends to happen with me far too much but San Frandisco, Final Form, Unsainted, Meditjin, Pub Feed all fall in that category

- The discourse that we all expected and knew what it would be around - and honestly either it wasn't as horrific as I thought it would be, or I just did fairly well to avoid it. But it does prove one very definitive thing if it wasn't proved already: there are many people out there with fleeting interests in music that simply want to say something, it doesn't need to be intelligible or logical or show any effort whatsoever, and it helps if said statement is offensive or nasty so that people focus on it to get any sort of reaction. Again though, maybe it's just my usual attitude to these things but I had a fairly happy day on this front

- As far as quality goes, there were only brief lulls in the countdown today and while there'll always be the outliers, I feel that the average level was really good this year and this was with less research than I did last time

- villages, for you to put this all together at crazy o'clock is amazing so thank you for all your work. and also to Hijinx for your blurb writing too - I'm not sure how many blurbs you have left but hopefully we some of them on Monday

I'm happy, I have my own blurbs to write in fact. Look forward to Monday
I'm not sure who to award the WarmTunas Bamboozler award to this year...

It's out of Travis Scott and Billie Eilish...
Travis Scott landed 135 spots higher than predicted, and Billie ended up 134+ spots higher with "wish you were gay", which didn't even make their 200.
Quite happy with the #1. It is quite in line with the other JJJ #1's.that was quite a good countdown. Particularly happy to see Rushing Back, Tones and I, Tame Impala, Thelma Plum, Sofi Tukker, Lizzo, Brockhampton, everything I wanted, Sofi Tukker and Lana, Del Rey make the countdown.

Really enjoyed reading the write ups.
Alright, so I had a few things I wanted to say at the end of the countdown the other day, but a mixture of tiredness and apathy meant I didn't. After seeing what Irelander wrote, I thought I may as well share.

(Disclaimer: This was mostly written in the early hours of the morning so it's probably not going to be very cohesive. And if I get all ramble-y, feel free to skip ahead )

This is the second Hottest 100 (I think) which I've decided to listen to along with you guys. Honestly, it's a rarity that I've made such a good choice since I've really enjoyed the experience both times. Since I'm actually quite shy and a bit of a loner, it was good to have a group to listen along with while simultaneously avoiding the minefield of bile and lame jokes that is the comments section of Triple J's Twitter and Facebook pages.

I'm particularly impressed with the variety of different tastes which you all seem to have along with the tolerance for differing opinions. And the in-jokes - SO MANY musical in-jokes - which I honestly don't get half of but enjoy nevertheless. I'm gonna need to up my "musical nerd" game to keep up, but that's a good thing.

The work you guys put in with all the blurbs and tables (especially Hijinx and Villages) is truly amazing. This is the kind of stuff which may seem trivial to some but for a stats nut like myself is incredibly interesting. And from what I've gathered, Villages is doing this in absentia from De Nederlanden? Serious props for that, dude.

As for the countdown itself, I'll start with the negatives because there aren't all that many. Yeah, I was a bit put off by some songs finishing higher than made sense to me *cough*#17*cough* and the lack of Ali Barter, Amyl and the Sniffers, DZ Deathrays, Luca Brasi and more astonishingly HAIM and King Gizz. But those are minor grumbles and not unusual for a Hottest 100 list. What I'm most annoyed at was how I missed two of my votes coming in during my 2 hour absence. When will I ever learn?
The positives though - wow. (no, not the Post Malone song. That was entirely unintentaional.)

First, an incredible amount of songs by indigenous musicians made it in. I think we were all pretty stoked for Baker Boy and his breakthrough two years back, but his continued success along with Thelma Plum (and fingers crossed for Briggs in the 200) shows that there is a big appetite for more talented Aussies who have sadly been ignored for far too long by the masses.

Second, a female solo act gets #1. And #3, #4, #6 and #9 too! It's about damn time, and I was pleased to notice that my votes this year include more women than in previous years. Progress is not limited to breaking down the colour and gender disparity though, which leads me into...
More diversity in the artists featured. As much as they've been popular within metal circles, Slipknot featuring in a Hottest 100 was a big shock to me. So many local groups who were until recently unknown also got featured, which shows that artists' reputations and fanbases are not the be-all and end-all; if you've got a strong song which appeals to a wide enough audience, you've got a chance.

Some artists making belated debuts. I'm looking at you, Denzel Curry, Slowly Slowly. The Chats and the posthumous entry for Juice WRLD. FIDLAR and Tyler, The Creator are two whom I couldn't be happier for. Admittedly, this is one of the few Tyler songs I've never really felt strongly about at all. He always had a creative and very thinly veiled sensitive side although it seems a lot of people didn't quite get that. Particularly evident on songs such as "IFHY" or the excellent "She" with Frank Ocean. Anyway, [/rant] and that brings me on to my final point. (#boutfkingtime)

I had been thinking that a lot of my favourite artists this year are releasing only my 3rd or 4th favourite songs by them. Yet somehow, the overall quality of this countdown and particularly the top 30 or so is notably strong. I think this is partially due to some of my less-favoured artists releasing some stronger material, along with success stories for artists with a truly unique feel to their music. As was said earlier, I found myself enjoying not only songs I'd never heard before, but many which I had never appreciated until now such as "Purple Hat", "Better In Blak", "Charlie", Post Malone's "Circles", Sugar and SUGAR.


Well, I think that's it, at least until the 200-101 count is complete. Thanks all for a wonderful count and look forward to many more to come!
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