Preview: triple j’s Hottest 100 takes place this weekend
triple j will air its 30th annual Hottest 100 countdown this Sunday, January 27.
This year’s Hottest 100 has been triple j’s most popular of all time, with a record-setting 2,758,584 votes cast, beating last year’s participation by almost 15%.
The national broadcaster has opted to hold its countdown outside of Australia Day for the second consecutive year after a poll of listeners found the majority supported changing the date of the annual countdown.
Last year saw US rapper Kendrick Lamar take out the top spot with ‘Humble’, the first time since 2012 that the winner was not an Australian artist, with the title going to Vance Joy (2013), Chet Faker (2014), The Rubens (2015) and Flume (2016).
So which act is set to take out this year’s countdown?
There has been plenty of data crunched by some predictive websites, including 100 Warm Tunas and The Bean Counter’s 100 to determine the winners based the huge number of voters sharing their votes on social media.
Both sites correctly predicted eight of the top ten songs last year, and both have ‘Confidence’ by Ocean Alley as their top picks at the moment.
triple j has also released some stats on voters, revealing the most common Hottest 100 voting age as 18-years-old, with 60% of voters under 25 and 80% under 30.
It’s also been revealed that 65 of the songs set to feature on Sunday are by Australian artists, with 31 of them heard on triple j Unearthed for the first time.
The Hottest 100 countdown will kick off from 12pm on Sunday, after which triple j will count down the Hottest 200-101 on Monday from 10am.
Double J will also countdown the Classic Hottest 100 of 1998 on Monday from 12pm.
The Hottest 100 traditionally delivers a ratings boost to triple j for the first GfK ratings survey of the year, so plenty of eyes will fall on the public broadcaster on the 12th of March when ratings are released.