Last year there was much ado about Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’ possibly making it into Triple J’s Hottest 100. This year there was a mashup of Justin Bieber tracks with a bunch of Hottest 100 contenders. One thing’s for sure: Triple J’s end-of-year chart hype is moving further and further from underground to mainstream. That is, perhaps not in content, but at least in popularity.
This year, over 2 million votes were cast by 298,851 punters, from 172 nations around the world. And to quote the J’s press release itself: “that’s HEAPS”.
More than 16,000 songs were voted for and, if like us, you’re keen to know what will make it into this weekend’s top 100 (because you know it’s the coolest soundtrack to your Australia Day shenanigans), here are a few hints:
* 54% of the songs in the Hottest 100 are from Australian artists.
* 26 of the songs are from artists who will debut in the Hottest 100 this year.
* The average beats per minute this year is 123, compared to 121 in 2014, and 116 in 2013 – which basically means there’ll be more groove and dance-oriented tracks; or possibly more electronica than acoustic.
* There have been no song disqualifications – which means Justin Bieber just might make it into the list, after all.
To find out who and what actually did make the grade, tune in at Triple J on your old school radio or online at www.abc.net.au/triplej tomorrow, 12noon eastern standard time (or 9am WA time). Antonino Tati