I interrupt my own weekly #NewMusicFriday posts with something of far more personal importance: Triple J’s Hottest 100. Oh, and Happy Australia Day to all my mates (and readers) down under!
So, little back story: I only actually discovered Triple J when I moved to Australia in January 2015 for my semester abroad at the Australian National University. I purposely booked a flight so that I would be in Sydney on Australia Day. Although it rained and we didn’t make it down to Bondi Beach, it was an exciting day (to say the least). Triple J is the most popular radio station in Australia and has an incredible brand around the country (although there are the few who would disagree). The way Australians get behind not only Triple J (which is strange to us North Americans, because radio is dying, if not dead) but their own talent is truly inspiring. On Australia day, everyone listens to the countdown at their celebrations and parties. The countdown is based on votes and there are even people who make bets on who will top the charts. I’ve voted for the last two years and have made a very big deal about narrowing it down to only 10 tracks. I do somewhat skew my choices towards more Australian artists and not all of my top tracks of the year were included in the possibilities. Here are my votes from this year:
Now, to the real list. No surprise here with Flume in first. In fact, I’d be surprised if he weren’t. I actually hadn’t heard of Amy Shark until seeing a predictions list this week and while I likeÂ Tash Sultana‘s “Jungle,” I wouldn’t have it in the top 10, let alone third. I’ve listened to Hilltop Hoods‘ a handful of times in the past, though never heard 1955. Then comes “Redbone” from Childish Gambino, which is incredible. Nothing more to say. I’m really enjoying the sound of his new album. So 4 out of 5 of the top 5 tracks are from Australians. Like I said, they really get behind their locals. I’m pretty happy with my new discoveries from the list, but definitely could have been happy with more variety as several artists have several tracks in the top 200. Check out the rest of the list below, let me know your thoughts & favorite new discoveries.