LIVE #Hottest100. No Taylor Swift, Aussie music on top.

Here’s the list, updated live. Aussie acts are in bold. STRAYA.

#100: Tkay Maidza – Switch Lanes

#99: Ball Park Music -Trippin The Light Fantastic

#98: Bombay Bicycle Club- Luna

#97: Japanese Wallpaper – Between Friends

#96: Safia – Paranoia, Ghosts, and Other Sounds

#95: Thelma Plum – How Much Does Your Love Cost?

#94: Sticky Fingers – Liquor Loaded Gun

#93: Vance joy – Georgia

#92: One Day – Love Me Less

#91: Meg Mac – Bridges (Like A Version)

#90: Thundamentals – Got Love

#89: Cold War Kids – First

#88: DZ DEATHRAYS – Gina Works At Hearts

#87: Briggs – Bad Apples

#86: Sticky Fingers – Just For You

#85: CHVRCHES – Get Away

#84: Foo Fighters – Something From Nothing

#83: British India – Wrong Direction

#82: Hopium – Dreamers (Pt. Phoebe Lou)

#81: The Avener – Fade Out Lines

#80:  Rise Against – I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore

#79: Jack White – Lazaretto

#78: Thundamentals – Quit Your Job

#77: High As A Kite – Since Last Wednesday

#76: Kingswood – Micro Wars

#75: 360 – Live It Up (Ft. Pez)

#74: Duke Dumont – I Got U

#73: Röyksopp & Robyn – Do it Again

#72: Run the Jewels – Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)

#71: The Amity Affliction – The Weigh Down

#70: OddMob – Is It A Banger?

#69: The Smith Street Band – Surrender

#68: Bring Me The Horizon – Drown

#67: Jungle – Busy Earnin’

#66: Clipping – Work Work

 #65: AllDay – Right Now

#64: The Amity Affliction – Don’t Lean On Me

#63: The War On Drugs – Red Eyes

#62: Angus & Julia Stone – Heart Beats Slow

#61: Andy Bull – Talk Too Much

#60: Childish Gambino – Sweatpants

#59: Röyksopp – Monument (ft. Robyn)

#58: Ball Park Music – Everything Is Shit Except My Friendship With You 

#57: Hilltop Hoods – Walking Under Stars

#56: Kingswood – I Can Feel That You Don’t Love Me

#55: Caribou – Can’t Do Without You

#54: CHVRCHES – Do I Wanna Know? (Like A Version)

#53: Kendrick Lamar – “i”

#52: Flight Facilities – Sunshine (Ft. Reggie Watts)

#51: Courtney Barnett- Pickles From The Jar

#50: Vance Joy – First Time 

#49: Tv On The Radio – Happy Idiot

#48: DMA’s – Delete

#47: Lorde/Flume – Tennis Court (Flume Remix) 

#46: Meg Mac – Grandma’s Hands 

#45: FKA Twigs – Two Weeks

#44: Milky Chance – Flashed Junk Mind

#43: Jamie T – Zombie

#42: Kim Churchill – Window to the Sky

#41: Carmada – Maybe 

#40: Broods – Mother & Father

#39: Flight Facilities – Two Bodies (Feat. Emma Louise)

#38: First Aid Kit – My Silver Lining

#37: Alison Wonderland – I Want U

#36: Hilltop Hoods – Won’t Let You Down (Feat. Maverick Sabre)

#35: Allday – You Always Know the DJ

#34: SBTRKT – New Dorp New York (Feat. Ezra Koenig)

#33: San Cisco – Run 

#32: Lana Del Ray – West Coast

#31: Childish Gambino – Sober

#30: Thundamentals – Something I Said (Feat. Thom Crawford)

#29: The Preatures – Somebody’s Talking

#28: The Griswolds – Beware The Dog

#27: Banks – Beggin For Thread

#26: Alt-J – Hunger of the Pine

#25: Blue Juice – I’ll Go Crazy

#24: Meg Mac – Roll Up Your Sleeves

#23: Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting for You)

#22: The Amity Affliction – Pittsburgh 

#21: Chet Faker – (Lover) You Don’t Treat Me No Good, (Like a Version)

#20: Sticky Fingers – Gold Snafu 

#19: Ball Park Music – She Only Loves Me When I’m There 

#18: Lorde – Yellow Flicker Beat

#17: Illy – Tightrope (Feat. Scarlett Stevens) 

#16: Alt-J – Left Hand Free

#15: The Kite String Tangle – Arcadia 

#14: Alt-J – Every Other Freckle

#13: Vance Joy – Every Mess is Mine

#12: Glass Animals – Gooey

#11: Zhu – Faded

#10: Asgeir – King and Cross

#9: Sia – Chandelier 

#8: Chet Faker – 1998

#7: Chet Faker – Gold

#6: Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk (Feat. Bruno Mars)

#5: Peking Duk – Take Me Over (Feat. Safia) 

#4: Milky Chance – Stolen Dance

#3: Hilltop Hoods – Cosby Sweater

#2: Peking Duk – High (Feat. Nicole Millar)

#1: Chet Faker – Talk Is Cheap


It’s HOTTEST 100 DAY,  or Australia Day by those who aren’t conscious of the insult to Aboriginal Australians. At 12pm AEST, the Hottest 100 commenced. But moments before Lewis McKirdy started the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown he finally answered the question of whether Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” would be included in the countdown. The #Tay4Hottest100 campaign had sparked thousands of articles and arguments. Triple J responded with confusion, and then a gag order on the conversation, until now.

At 12:01 … No, Ms. Swift’s song would not be featured, says McKirdy. But rather than citing reasons he stated a url to a website where the more serious partygoers could go. He said this on national radio, so (obviously) the site crashed immediately as people like me tried to get on to it.

This wasn’t the only gaffe of the day. Number 96, Matt Okine commented, is “the Friendzone number”, because it is “the exact opposite of a 69”. Cue cringes from most people who know that the term “Friendzone” needs to be laid to rest. #feminism #thisis2015

Meanwhile twitter was outraged, despite not being able to see the station’s rationale for disqualifying Ms. Swift.

Including the man who started the campaign, Buzzfeed writer and ex-Triple J employee Mark Di Stefano:

Maybe this campaign was his way of getting back at the station. You know what they say, living well (and Shaking It Off) is the best revenge.

Just before 1pm, the first 10 songs had aired. And Australian music was ruling.

Then with #88, Australian band DZ DEATHRAYS came on air (pre-recorded, probably) and joked “WOO, NUMBER ONE!” The boys, sounding pleased as punch, revealed that this song closed all of their sets in 2014.

It’s 1pm, and the website triplejfeed.com still isn’t running.

At #87, it’s new hiphop artist Briggs. It’s good to see two Aboriginal Australians featured already.


At 1:18, McKirdy spoke to CHVRCHES lead singer Lauren Mayberry from Scotland. “It was one of the first things we’d written in a long time… it was kind of interesting to approach it in a different way… We wanted it to be cut in the scenes of the film we were putting it in.”

Flight Facilities tweeted about their experience of the Hottest 100:

The feedback from the banning of #Tay4Hottest100 was now on Facebook, with over 4000 likes despite the website not working.

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By 1:30 pm Triple J realised that there was definitely something wrong with their website, and changed the error page to look like this:

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#84’s Foo Fighter’s song was Dave Grohl’s 32nd appearance in the countdown. But Triple J is all about helping struggling artists, as we know.

At 1:47 Lewis McKirdy announces that fellow, female presenters Xan and Linda will be on soon for the next leg of the countdown. Then, after 3 dirty foreign songs, Aussie music makes a return with Thundamental’s Quit Your Job.

At this point it is also clear that the earlier “leaked” Hottest 100, which had Taylor Swift at #75, and Lazaretto at #77, not #79, is fake. But still, it will be interesting to see if their other predictions (Milky Chance, Stolen Dance at #4, and Peking Duk taking out #1) will come true.

It’s 2pm, and Lewi says he’s “gotta bounce”. He calls Kingswood’s #76 “some muscular rock’n’roll” in true McKirdy style.

According to the station itself at 2:02 pm, votes in this “Australian music poll” came in from over 188 countries.

Admittedly, 17 of 25 songs so far have been Australian! Thundamentals and Sticky Fingers have both achieved double entries already.

At 2:10 pm, I made myself a coffee with 2 sugars. It’s cold today, sorry to all the bros with pool parties.

And triple j feed is up! It’s a rip off of BuzzFeed, the website which began this controversy. It has 8 reasons Shake It Off won’t be included.

Reason number 1 cited the net worth of BuzzFeed ($850 million) and their original ethos to “teach those music snobs a lesson”. Number 2 was that people admitted to voting for Ms. Swift just to piss off hipsters.

Number 5 was that #100 spot winner, 18 year old Tkay Maidza (a Nigerian born woman from Adelaide) might have been shifted by Tay Tay. “More like #Tkay4Hottest100” they quipped. Fair enough.

BUT! They gave us the results of the campaign! Tay Tay would have made #12 on the list! If that’s not an exciting display of people power, I don’t know what is.








By 2:32 pm we have had 3 Aussie songs in a row again – and they were all vastly different, with the Amity Afflictions’ shredding vocals, Odd Mob’s beautiful simplicity in using the voice of Aziz Ansari, and The Smith Street Band’s distinctly Australian twang.

The Smith Street Band joked on air at 2:34pm that ’69’ was his favourite number apart from ‘420’.  They put out a new song,”Wipe That Shit-Eating Grin Off Your Punchable Face” today.

It was business as usual. At 3:15 pm, #60 came in with Childish Gambino’s Sweatpants. (I voted for this, and #justsaying, I can totally rap it. Kind of.)

There had been 15 songs out of the first 40 that weren’t Australian, meaning that over 60% of songs on average were Aussie. So far, so good.



He says “I think it will be a really good year for Childish Gambino”.

Here’s Norwegian band High As A Kite living it up in Sydney:

Röyksopp and Robyn’s collab makes it in twice. The song Monument (ft. Robyn), coming in at #59 , is off Röyksopp’s FINAL album, aptly titled “The Inevitable End”, wrapping up their 17-year career.

Ball Park Music enters the countdown for a second time, at 3:25pm with #58. They have retweeted this unearthed tweet:

Kingswood comes in at #56, crooning to me “I can feel that you don’t love me”. You’re right, I don’t.

But at least this brings us a 3-song streak of Aussie goodness.

Xan and Linda let us now that around 4000 parties for the Hottest 100 have been registered online. Triple J is sending Kyran Wheatley to a party in Queensland to give them a gift pack of feature albums from 2014. Thats 52 albums for free.

At #54 is Scottish band CHVRCHES’ second entry, and the second Like A Version that made it in to the Hottest 100. This is their highly original cover of the Arctic Monkey’s ‘Do I Wanna Know’ and the cool thing is it sounds COMPLETELY different to the original, without being obviously better or worse. In short, it’s incomparable.

Linda and Xan signed off, acting like a married couple in a very sweet way.

Andy Bull showed his appreciation on Facebook.

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4.00 pm Tripe J reveal more than 2 million votes were cast!

4.10 pm Elodie had to go to work, so it’s Georgia stepping in! Hiiii guys. I just had some pizza, let’s get groovy~~~ :)

4.25 pm Triple J Unearthed Falls Festival competition winner Meg Mac reappears in the countdown at #46

4.50 pm Veronica and Lewis say don’t google ‘Australian Kiss’. I did, got a corny definition not worth the google. I also texted them.

5.11 pm Veronica and Lewis interview Alison Wonderland in LA, she praises the number of Australian artists in the countdown

6.13 pm Meg Mac has racked up 3 entries! You go girlfriend (entirely appropriate). Still no signs of Chet Faker… very interesting Triple J (*cough* I think he’ll get #1 *cough*)

6.20 pm Kyran just walked into the winning Hottest 100 party, a house party in Brisbane. The Amity Affliction has been featured in the countdown 3 times now!

6.23 pm The Almighty Chet Faker has entered the countdown, with a like a version cover of (Lover) You don’t Treat Me No Good, at #21. Matt and Alex take over for the top 20 GETTING REALLY CLOSE OMFG.

6.42 pm Lorde tells Matt and Alex that she was surprised that ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’ has been so popular.

7.37 pm Chet Faker is going strong, claiming #21, #8, and #7, however it might be too soon of a peak to take out #1

8.00 pm CHET FAKER TAKES OUT #1. I’m so sorry I ever doubted you Chet, ily.

Thats all folks! It was 59% Australian, and a little over 20% songs were sung by females.

The countdown is over for another year~ Georgia and Elodie out!


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