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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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??)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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
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.
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! Last edited: