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Australia day – a time for family, friends, alcohol and meat on the BBQ under the summer sun. While these are the key ingredients for most citizens, many also incorporate music into their day off; specifically Triple J’s Hottest 100, a much debated and controversial countdown for dedicated listeners. Last year’s number one, Macklemore’s Thriftshop, was loved by some and despised by others, yet was a deserving winner as the positions are decided by votes. As another Australia day draws near, here is a rundown of the year that was and predictions for the coveted spots on the list.
The return of Daft Punk and their album Random Access Memories is one to feature heavily, and may end up with the most songs on the countdown by any artist. Get Lucky will finish in the top ten, and could even battle for first place. Instant Crush is likely to be in the top twenty, while Doin’ it Right and Lose Yourself to Dance will find a place between 60 and 90. Not all fans were happy with the direction Daft Punk took with this album, the only deterrent from a successful campaign.
Lorde is another who’ll dominate the count, her debut album regularly played on Triple J and her unique style setting her apart from other female artists. Royals is another song capable of taking the crown, while Tennis Court and Team will both land in the top thirty and White Teeth Teens is capable of claiming a late spot.
Kanye West may be a ‘love or hate’ entity, but his album Yeezus was one of the picks of 2013. Black Skinhead is the most popular track, a top twenty lock, and the powerful tunes of Blood on the Leaves and Bound 2 will surely be belted out on the 26th of January. Hold my Liquor, a track covered by Lorde when on stage, had enough airtime to be included, along with I am a God.
Lana Del Rey’s Young and Beautiful, the title track of The Great Gatsby, will have the Triple J favourite assured of another top twenty hit, and she’ll also have Amity Affliction’s cover of her song Born to Die (titled Too Legit to Quit) in close proximity. In terms of the top ten, Vancejoy’s Riptide and London Grammar’s Strong (or perhaps another from their album) are almost guaranteed, along with multiple tracks from the Artic Monkey’s new album; the only question being which of Do I Wanna Know? or Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High? will be more favoured amongst the public.
Flume’s Drop the Game, Matt Corby’s Resolution and Dustin Tebbutt’s The Breach are also in this category, singles that have blasted their names across airwaves all over the country. Add Rufus, Boy and Bear, British India, Disclosure, Rudimental, Empire of the Sun, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend and Chvrches and the quality/difficulty is apparent.
Rough tips to sneak up the table are Childish Gambino (3005) and Bring Me the Horizon (Sleepwalking). Haim will have at least two songs in the top fifty, while songs such as Ratchet (Bloc Party) and Global Concepts (Robert De long) are assured to challenge. Please comment with your expected top 10 – Here are my predictions:
10. Dustin Tebbutt – The Breach
9. Kanye West – Black Skinhead
8. London Grammar – Strong
7. Flume & Chet Faker – Drop the Game
6. Rufus – Take Me
5. Amity Affliction – Too Legit to Quit (Born to Die)
4. Artic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?
3. Vancejoy – Riptide
2. Daft Punk – Get Lucky
1. Lorde – Royals
By Chris Sutton