It’s the second year Triple J will be holding the countdown on January 27 — after the station moved it from Australia Day last year.
It’s the second year Triple J will be holding the countdown on January 27 — after the station moved it from Australia Day last year.

Hottest 100 countdown: All the songs

ONE of the most anticipated days of the year for music fans - Triple J's Hottest 100 countdown - is done and dusted with Australian band Ocean Alley taking out the coveted top spot with their undeniable banger Confidence.

Aussie artists Amy Shark, Dean Lewis and Ruby Fields all featured in the top 10, in what's often called the biggest democratic exercise in Australian music.

Compton's hip-hop demigod Kendrick Lamar took out the competition with Humble last year but the four years before that the number one spot was claimed by local artists.

In terms of votes, this was the biggest Hottest 100 countdown of all time and it installed the band from the northern beaches of Sydney as Australia's undisputed kings of music.

Here's how it all played out.

 

THE COUNTDOWN

100: Happy Sad - Ocean Alley

99: Polygraph Eyes - YUNGBLUD

98: Ghost Town - Kanye West

97: Do I Need You Now? - DMA's

96: Take It To The Heart - Odette

95: Four Out Of Five - Arctic Monkeys

The Amity Affliction.
The Amity Affliction. Supplied

 

94: Ivy (Doomsday) - The Amity Affliction

93: You Can Count On Me - Trophy Eyes

92: Everybody But You - Thundamentals

91: Sundress - A$AP Rocky

90: Psycho - Post Malone

89: Dazed and Confused - Ruel

88: Labrador - WAAX

87: Younger - Ruel

86: Dirt Cheap - Lime Cordiale

85: Bubblin' - Anderson. Paak

84: Cigarettes -Tash Sultana

Tash Sultana came in at number 84. Picture: Claudia Baxter
Tash Sultana came in at number 84. Picture: Claudia Baxter

83: 1999 WILDFIRE - Brockhampton

82: Hunger - Florence + The Machine

81: Ballroom - Jack River

80: Nothing Breaks Like A Heart {Ft. Miley Cyrus} - Mark Ronson

79: Clumsy Love - Thelma Plum

78: Better Together {Ft. Running Touch} - Hayden James

77: Miracle - CHVRCHES

76: Clarity - Polish Club

75: Molotov - Kira Puru

74: Pussy Is God - King Princess

73: Sweet Release - Hockey Dad

Hockey Dad, from Windang, New South Wales, made the list. Credit Joseph Crackett
Hockey Dad, from Windang, New South Wales, made the list. Credit Joseph Crackett

72: What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out {triple j Like A Version 2018} - Nothing But Thieves

71: Smogged Out - Skegss

70: UFO {Ft. Allday} - Mallrat

69: Cheetah Tongue - The Wombats

68: Eastside {Ft. Halsey/Khalid} - benny blanco

67: Tints {Ft. Kendrick Lamar} - Anderson .Paak

66: Need You {Ft. NÏKA} - Flight Facilities

Methyl Ethel.
Methyl Ethel.

65: Scream Whole - Methyl Ethel

64: Mistake - Middle Kids

63: BOOGIE - Brockhampton

62: Killing My Time - G Flip

61: I Wanna Be Everybody - Hockey Dad

60: The End - DMA'S

Brit pop revivalists DMA’s have made a mark on this year’s countdown.
Brit pop revivalists DMA’s have made a mark on this year’s countdown.

59: Give Me My Name Back - Meg Mac

58: Soaked - Bene

57: Martini -The Presets

56: Without Me - Halsey

55: Wasted - Peking Duk

54: Saturday Sun - Vance Joy

53: We're Going Home - Vance Joy

52: Better - Khalid

51: Mr La Di Da Di - Baker Boy

Baker Boy, the Young  Australian of the Year, has made it into the Hottest 100.  Picture: Keri Megelus
Baker Boy, the Young Australian of the Year, has made it into the Hottest 100. Picture: Keri Megelus

50: No Place -RÜFÜS DU SOL

49: Missing Me -Angie McMahon

48: When I Dream -San Cisco

47: Like People - DZ Deathrays

46: you should see me in a crown - Billie Eilish

45: MANTRA - Bring Me The Horizon

44: Clark Griswold {Ft. Adrian Eagle} - Hilltop Hoods

South Australian hip-hoppers Hilltop Hoods are one of 21 Aussie artist’s on the list.  Picture: Tim Hunter.
South Australian hip-hoppers Hilltop Hoods are one of 21 Aussie artist’s on the list. Picture: Tim Hunter.

43: God's Plan - Drake

42: Laps Around The Sun - Ziggy Alberts

41: In The Air - DMA'S

40: Nice For What - Drake

39: The Perfect Life Does Not Exist - Ball Park Music

38: About You - G Flip

37: Love Me Now - Ziggy Alberts

36: All Loved Up - Amy Shark

35: Ladders - Mac Miller

34: 1950 - King Princess

33: Better Now - Post Malone

32: God Forgot - The Rubens

31: Church - Alison Wonderland

30: Sometimes - Cub Sport

29: Fire - Peking Duk

28: All The Stars - Kendrick Lamar.

27: Sunflower - Post Malone & Swae Lee

26: All The Pretty Girls - Vera Blue

25: I Miss You - Thundamentals

24: Leave Me Lonely - Hilltop Hoods

23: Treat You Better - RÜFÜS DU SOL

22: Underwater - RÜFÜS DU SOL

21: Never Ever (ft. Sarah) - The Rubens

Sydney rock band The Rubens. Picture: Ali Lander
Sydney rock band The Rubens. Picture: Ali Lander

20: Waiting - KIAN

19: Peach - Broods

18: Join The Club - Hockey Dad

17: Lovely (with Khalid) - Billie Eilish

16: Baby Come Back (triple j Like A Version 2018) - Ocean Alley

15: Just Friends - Hayden James

14: I'm Good - Wafia

Wafia is a singer who straddles multiple cultural identities: based in Australia, she was born in the Netherlands and also has Iraqi and Syrian heritage.
Wafia is a singer who straddles multiple cultural identities: based in Australia, she was born in the Netherlands and also has Iraqi and Syrian heritage.

13: Praise The Lord (Da Shine) (ft. Skepta) - A$AP Rocky

12: Turn - The Wombats

11: Up In The Clouds - Skegss

 

TOP 10

 

10: Knees - Ocean Alley

9: Dinosaurs - Ruby Fields

8: When the party's over - Billie Eilish

 

Billie Eilish performs at the Laneway Festival at Footscray. She had three songs in the top 50. Picture: David Crosling
Billie Eilish performs at the Laneway Festival at Footscray. She had three songs in the top 50. Picture: David Crosling

7: Groceries - Mallrat

6: Be Alright - Dean Lewis

5: I Said Hi - Amy Shark

4: This Is America - Childish Gambino

3: SICKO MODE - Travis Scott

2: Losing It - FISHER

1: Confidence - Ocean Alley

 

WHY IS THE COUNTDOWN TODAY?

It's the second year Triple J has held the countdown on January 27 - after the station moved it from Australia Day last year.

You can listen on the radio, online or via the Triple J app.

Kendrick Lamar took last year’s title with Humble. Picture: Ian Laidlaw
Kendrick Lamar took last year’s title with Humble. Picture: Ian Laidlaw

The Hottest 200 will start at 10am local time wherever you are in Australia on Monday and nostalgic listeners can tune into Double J from 12pm to hear the Hottest 100 of 1998.

 

WHY ARE PEOPLE UPSET ABOUT THE DATE CHANGE?

Over many years, Triple J faced a growing backlash from listeners who see Australia Day as "Invasion Day" and wanted the iconic countdown to move to a more inclusive and less controversial date.

Under sustained pressure, it was moved to January 27 for the first time ever last year - a move that angered some traditionalists.

Dad rock station Triple M hit back at the move by hosting its own "The Ozzest 100" countdown - which was prompted prominent indigenous rapper Briggs to call the station "redneck scum" and accused it of pandering to "white nationalists and racists".

Sixty per cent of Triple J listeners were in favour of the date change.

 

Childish Gambino is one of the favourites to win this year. Picture: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for iHeartMedia
Childish Gambino is one of the favourites to win this year. Picture: Isaac Brekken/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

The decision was applauded by indigenous Australians but shortly after the announcement, communications minister Mitch Fifield said it was "bewildering".

"The ABC have legislated independence when it comes to programming decisions but as Minister I'm making clear to the ABC my view that they shouldn't mess with Australia Day and they shouldn't mess with the Hottest 100," he told Channel 9.

"I know that is the view of many of my parliamentary colleagues and it's also a widely-held view in the community that the ABC just shouldn't be making political statements."


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