After staying silent on the ‘Tay Tay’ matter throughout preceding weeks, then officially counting her single ‘Shake It Off’ out of the countdown earlier in the day (for a myriad reasons), Triple J’s annual Hottest 100 countdown has just wrapped, with Chet Faker claiming the No.1 mantle with ‘Talk Is Cheap’.
Chet, whose album ‘Built On Glass’ topped the ARIA albums chart last year and has since gone on to achieve platinum sales, dominated with four entries overall within the top 100 countdown.
Triple J is famous these days for widely shunning anything that could even potentially be considered commercial in appeal, but a number of songs featuring amongst this year’s top 100 have been embraced by the mainstream, including much of the top ten (Milky Chance’s ‘Stolen Dance’, Peking Duk & Safia’s ‘Take Me Over’, Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars’ ‘Uptown Funk’ and Sia’s ‘Chandelier’), along with Zhu’s ‘Faded’, Illy’s ‘Tightrope’ and Alison Wonderland’s ‘I Want U’.
Indie rock, however, was a big part of the order of the day, with Alt-J scoring three entries in the top 100; so too Ball Park Music, Sticky Fingers and The Amity Affliction. Locals Hilltop Hoods, Thundamentals, Vance Joy and Meg Mac also placed in the countdown three times.
But the day undoubtedly belonged to Chet Faker, who saw three of his four Hottest 100 entries place within the top ten.
The countdown now ticks down over the next month to the release of the station’s Hottest 100 Volume 22 compilation album, which is out on Friday February 27.
As for our two cents on Taylor-gate… We love the Js. We love the fact it breaks and champions the music, particularly the Aussie music, that our (mostly) reactionary and banal mainstream networks so willingly avoid. Yes, Taylor is heard (all the time) on said mainstream networks and we understand that’s Triple J’s point of difference… It’s far from mainstream. But the exclusion of an artist who so obviously resonates with the country’s youth by an organisation that continues to operate under the premise of being a radio station for the country’s <a href=”http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2015/s4164116.htm”>youth</a>… well that just makes our national broadcaster a little exclusive and, dare we say it, un-Australian.
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
16. Alt-J – Left Hand Free
15. The Kite String Tangle – Arcadia
14. Alt-J – Every Other Freckle
13. Vance Joy – Mess Is Mine
12. Glass Animals – Gooey
11. Zhu – Faded
10. Asgier – King & Cross
09. Sia – Chandelier
08. Chet Faker – 1998
07. Chet Faker – Gold
06. Mark Ronson ftg. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
05. Peking Duk ftg. Safia – Take Me Over
04. Milky Chance – Stolen Dance
03. Hilltop Hoods – Cosby Sweater
02. Peking Duk ftg. Nicole Millar – High
01. Chet Faker – Talk Is Cheap